Such herms would probably have adorned the garden of a Roman villa. The boyish features and impish expression are reminiscent of the Hellenistic 'invitation to dance' group, whereby a young satyr tries to entice a seated nymph to join his dance, cf. M. Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age, New York, 1961, fig. 564. The group is attested by a coin from Cyzicus, fig. 565. The bust also bears a close ressemblance to the so-called Fauno colla Macchia in Munich, a head with similar expression and exaggerated features.