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.
ca. 30 B.C.E.–395 C.E.
7 3/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 11/16 in. (18.2 x 7.8 x 4.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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.
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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)
overall, 37.1634E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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