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Marble mask of Pan

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
H. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm); width 5 in. (12.7 cm); depth 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The remains of two horns set in the bristling hair identify this bearded mask as that of Pan, the rustic goat god, who was venerated all over the Greek and Roman world as an uncivilized power of nature. His cult originated among the herdsmen of Arcadia, a wild mountainous region of Greece, but by the time this decorative mask was produced, Pan had become primarily a denizen of private villas, where on wall paintings and in garden sculpture, he disported with Dionysus and his band of satyrs and maenads.
Christie's, New York. 2002. Antiquities. June 12, 2002. lot 142, p. 91.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2003. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2002-2003." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 61(2): p. 8.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2003. "One Hundred Thirty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 133: p. 23.

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