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Fountain basin supported by a kneeling satyr

Fountain basin supported by a kneeling satyr (telamon figure). He is beardless and nude with articulated muscles and rib cage; the position of the body hints that the original model for such a sculpture may hav been suspended, like an acrobat. He raises his arms up and bends them backwards at the...

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Found June 5, 1902 during excavation by Gennaro Matrone of the villa of the Contrada Bottaro, located a half mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted to Gennaro Matrone by the Italian government; by 1916: the Cleveland Museum of Art Collection (inv. no. 16.897); purchased by MFA from the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 18, 1980

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, Augustan/Julio-Claudian, before A.D. 62


Villa of the Contrada Bottaro, near Pompeii, Campania, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 041.

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Medium or Technique

Marble (Attic) Scientific Analysis: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.488 / delta18O -7.827, Attribution - Pentelikon.


The Ancient World