The young male figure with a fillet around his thick wiry hair bends over and gazes downwards to his right. His right leg is advanced and his left leg bears the weight of his body. The two small horns projecting from the forehead and the long pointed ears suggest that this is a faun or a young...
The young male figure with a fillet around his thick wiry hair bends over and gazes downwards to his right. His right leg is advanced and his left leg bears the weight of his body. The two small horns projecting from the forehead and the long pointed ears suggest that this is a faun or a young satyr. Lean anatomy with highly defined musculature on the torso and along the hip. The projecting pieces of marble on each thigh indicate some other object (a basin?) or animal (leaping panther?) was attached. Condition: Both arms, both legs below the knees, the nose, and parts of the genitalia are missing. The head and left shoulder were rejoined. Five strut marks are visible on the thighs. An unfinished piece of marble protrudes from the back of the neck, possibly where the figure was attached to an architectural support. A small iron pin is visible on the marble patch on the forehead. Scientific Analysis: Harvard Lab No. HI094: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.49 / delta18O -2.58, Attribution - Aphrodisias 2, Paros 2, Prokonnesos, Thasos-Cape Phaneri & Thasos-Aliki, Usak, Heracleia, Iasos, Mylasa, Naxo-Melanes; Justification - Coarse-grained marble.
By 1860: from the villa of the Anicii on the Via Latina [see C. Vorster, Römische Skulpturen des späten Hellenismus und der Kaiserzeit 1 (1994), pp. 174, no. 8]; by date unknown: Lanckoronski Collection, Vienna; 1967: probably with Sotheby & Co. (auction of a collection of antiquities, property of the Countess Adelheid Lanckoronska, London, June 12, 1967, lot 35); purchased at the Sotheby auction by Ferrer; by 1973: Benjamin Rowland, Jr. Estate; bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr. to MFA, February 13, 1974.
Bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr.
Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 150–200
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 172; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).
Height: 95 cm (37 3/8 in.)
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