Etruscan Bronze Dancing Satyr

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.
Height: 5 in. (12.5 cm).

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.

Inv#: 6940


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