Marble Torso of a Satyr

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd century A.D.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 46.5 cm high
Price: 28 000 Euro
Ref: 3429
Provenance: Belgian private collection U.C., acquired in the 1950s. Since then in a diplomatic family estate.
Condition: Unrestored
Description: High-quality torso of a strong, male figure who wears a dotted panther fur. The fur is tied around the belly and held on the left shoulder, where the head of the animals lies. The man, interpreted as a Satyr, holds in his right hand on waist level a spear with two birds, possibly ducks. The left arm is parallel to the body, he holds in his hand a hunted animal on its legs, possibly a rabbit. The muscles and the bone structure are worked out in detail. A coessential torso, which very likely is from the same workshop and the same sculptural group, is in the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, USA, with the Accession Number A231. The Barnes torso with the same dotted panther fur holds a wineskin in the arm and is also interpreted as a Satyr. It can therefore be assumed that both statues belonged to a sculptural group that went to the Dionysian festival with wine and delicacies. Mounted.