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Collection Online as of February 23, 2024

Dancing Satyr Group

Dancing Satyr Group

500–475 BCE
Overall: 8.4 x 11 x 5.6 cm (3 5/16 x 4 5/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
Location: 102C Greek

Did You Know?

Satyrs, or lustful, drunken woodland gods, are the biggest partiers in ancient Greek mythology.


Part man and part beast, satyrs were mythical woodland creatures. In art, they were depicted with the ears and tail of a goat or horse, sometimes with hooves, and in a high state of sexual arousal. Satyrs often accompanied Dionysus, the god of wine, in his drinking bouts and other escapades. These three probably once decorated the rim of a large punch-bowl-shaped vessel for serving wine.
  • Norbert Schimmel, NY
    Sotheby's, NY sale 12/16/92, no. 53
    Norbert Schimmel, NY; (Sotheby's, NY sale 12/16/92, no. 53)
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