Skip Navigation

Satyr Holding a Jar

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

In Greek mythology, satyrs were mischievous companions and enablers of Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility, and ecstasy. They roamed the forests, often with permanent erections, on the lookout for pleasure, and accompanied by the sound of pipe and drum music.
MEDIUM Clay, pigment
  • Reportedly From: Lower Egypt, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 30 B.C.E.–395 C.E.
    PERIOD Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 7 3/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 11/16 in. (18.2 x 7.8 x 4.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ithyphallic type of satyr with pointed ears and long curly bead. Carrying on his left shoulder a jar, which he holds also by lifted right arm across his head. A cloth casually draped, covers his left shoulder and his loins. Full frontality, walking attitude. Satyr standing on small base, rectangular in front, oval on back side. Note thoughtful display of right fingers. Rim of jar fluted once, horizontally. Paint: Cloth, jar, beard and space between legs was in black, also eyebrows, eyelids, hair. Black paint apparently at least on jar and head above a pink slip. On cloth a little bit of old paint left too, but no further details of the organization of the paint décor available. No traces of paint at the back side. Back: Outlined, no modeling. Vent hole on the back of satyr. Condition: Good.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Satyr Holding a Jar, ca. 30 B.C.E.–395 C.E. Clay, pigment, 7 3/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 11/16 in. (18.2 x 7.8 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1634E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1634E_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.1634E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.