Etruscan Bronze Dancing Satyr
An ancient Etruscan bronze statuette of a nude dancing Satyr, with the arms raised, with pointed ears, tail and wooly legs.
Ca. 5th - 4th century BC.
Satyrs or Fauns were wild woodland spirits associated with the untamed land. They along with their female counterparts, the Maenads, were the devotees of Dionysos. As such, they possessed a virile and often lascivious character and were at once comical and fearful creatures.
Formerly in a New York private collection.