Marble statue of Pan

Period: Imperial

Date: 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: H. 26 5/8 in. (67.6 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.11.71


Villa gardens and peristyles (courtyards) were filled with images of Dionysos and woodland creatures from his entourage. Pan, the goat god, appears here in his usual form as a shaggy-haired, bearded man with the legs, horns, and tail of a goat. His back is bent under the weight of a vessel or wineskin once held on his left shoulder. The statue was probably designed as part of a fountain complex with water gushing from the now-missing container.