Satyrs were popular not only because of their connection to Dionysos but also because they provided artists the opportunity to depict the nude male body in a particularly wide variety of poses. This satyr, within a tondo, finds good counterparts on the somewhat later coinage of Naxos on Sicily. The inscription praises the beauty of Lysikles. The box would have contained small personal items probably belonging to a lady.
Inscription: Inscribed: "Lysikles is fair"
Said to be from Greece
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