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Satyr by Praxiteles

Satyr by Praxiteles

Modern plaster replica of a marble Roman copy of a Greek original of the late 4th century BCE by a sculptor working in the style of Praxiteles. According to the small metal oval in the base, the cast was purchased from the Caproni Bros. cast company of Boston probably in 1885. The Roman copy of the original that this cast copies is located in the Capitoline Museum, Rome.

Satyrs were followers of Dionysos (Bacchus), spirited and lusty, with pointed donkey ears and tail indicating their strong animal instincts. With its playful mood and soft, sinuous S-curved stance in the Praxitelean manner, the piece was much favored by the Romans for their homes and gardens and over 100 copies are extant.

Select Bibliography: Satyr by Praxiteles
  • Jones, Stuart. The Sculpture of the Museo Capitolino. The British School at Rome Oxford 1912, pp. 350-351.
  • Smith, R.R.R. Hellenistic Sculpture. London 2001, pp. 12-31.

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