Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bronze satyr

late 5th–4th century B.C.
H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Satyrs and maenads, the male and female followers of the god of wine, Dionysos, occur so frequently in classical vase-painting that their relative rarity among Greek bronze statuettes is noteworthy; they are far more popular in Etruscan art. With his lithe body, shaggy hair, and exuberant pose, this figure wonderfully conveys the vitality that is the essential quality of these creatures. They are an embodiment of animal nature in human form.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 67, 208, pl. 48e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Mertens, Joan R. 1985. "Greek Bronzes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 43(2): no. 27, pp. 42-43.

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