10 December 2004
A ROMAN MARBLE YOUTHFUL SATYR
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Standing on a circular integral plinth, his weight on his right leg, the left relaxed and crossed over the right with the heel lifted, leaning to his left, resting his elbow on a tree trunk support, nude but for his goat-skin chlamys, the hooves knotted at his left shoulder, falling across his torso and under his right arm, the goat's head and foreparts hanging along his left side, the forelegs along his left thigh, his pedum (shepherd's crook) hanging on a knot on the right side of the tree trunk, a mortise in the break along the neck for attachment of the separately-made and now-missing head
44 in. (111.8 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 17 December 1996, lot 91.
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The present example is a Roman interpretation of a 4th century B.C. prototype by Praxiteles. See, for example, a young satyr playing the flute, now in the Louvre, fig. 86 in Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age.
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