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Pendant in the form of the head of a satyr

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Very dark red amber carved in the form of the head of a satyr, facing right. He has a long beard and mustache and wears a loose cap pointed at the back. His pointed ears are effaced by a large hole through the center of the head; the piece was once strung on a pin (fibula) or a necklace (as a...

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Provenance

According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA, May 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann

Italic or Italic, Etruscan, Late Archaic Period, early 5th century B.C.

Dimensions

Height x length: 8 x 4.8 cm (3 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

02.253

Medium or Technique

Amber

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants