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Statue of a Young Satyr Wearing a Theater Mask of Silenos

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

About 1st century

Artist:

Roman
Restorations by Alessandro Algardi, 1628

About this artwork

A young satyr thrusts his hand through the mouth of a theater mask of Silenos (an old satyr) in a gesture that is both mischievous and menacing. This work may have been part of a statuary group that included another figure whom the satyr is attempting to frighten either in jest or in earnest. Although this subject is frequently found in relief sculpture, particularly on sarcophagi (coffins) and gemstones, this is the only known extant version in a work sculpted in the round. The important 17th-century sculptor Alessandro Algardi restored this statue when it was in the collection of the wealthy Ludovisi family in Rome.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Statue of a Young Satyr Wearing a Theater Mask of Silenos

Date

1 CE–100 CE

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

58.4 × 50.8 × 23.4 cm (23 × 20 × 9 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

4.2014

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