May 6, 2009
May 6, 2009
May 6, 2009
May 6, 2009

Dancing Satyr

Dancing Satyr

500-475 BC

Part of a set. See all set records

Painted terracotta

Overall: 9.5 x 8 x 5.5 cm (3 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1992.352.2



Part man and part beast, satyrs were mythical woodland creatures. In art, they were depicted with the ears and tail of a goat or horse, sometimes with hooves, and in a high state of sexual arousal. Satyrs often accompanied Dionysus, the god of wine, in his drinking bouts and other escapades. These three probably once decorated the rim of a large punch-bowl-shaped vessel for serving wine.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email