Satyr teasing a panther

Satyr teasing a panther
Rome (Italy)
about 100-150 CE
(after a 2nd-cent. BCE original)
Marble ; H.137 cm
Inv. A.1143

 

After the Romans conquered the Greek world in the 2nd century BCE, they became fascinated with Hellenic art and culture. The paintings, sculptures, gold and silver dishes, intaglios and jewellery that were brought back with the spoils of victory and displayed in triumphal processions celebrated in Rome aroused unprecedented passion.

Since not everyone could acquire an original Greek object, a thriving copying industry soon came into existence. From the 1st century BCE on, many workshops made copies of large Greek statues.

This one, based on a creation of the Hellenistic period, was beautifully sculpted three hundred years later. Although recomposed from dozens of fragments, it is entirely antique. The satyr, with pointed ears and a goat's tail, belongs to the retinue of the wine god Bacchus. He is holding a hunting stick (lagobolon) and playing with a panther.

 

Discover this masterpiece in the gallery 'Rome' and in the book Masterpieces of the Cinquantenaire Museum.