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Roman Marble Statue Herm of a Satyr

2nd century AD

A carved marble herm, or squared pillar surmounted by a head, representing a male satyr figure; deep furrowed brow, strong nose, prominent cheeks, mouth drawn back into a smile, prominent chin, hair swept back in waves; mounted on a rectangular modern red marble plinth; tip of nose and front of bust restored. 5.34 kg total, 27cm including base (10 1/2"). Very fine condition.

Property of a gentleman living in central London; formerly with Sotheby's, London, 29 November 2017, lot 43; formerly with David Ghezelbash Archéologie, Paris, 2013; previously in a private French collection, acquired prior to the 1970s; before that in a European collection, 19th century or earlier (based on restoration techniques); accompanied by copies of the relevant Sotheby's catalogue pages.
David Ghezelbash Archéologie, catalogue no.8, item no.32 and 33.
See Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., USA, accession number 1988.80.2, for similar; see Mimi Gardner Gates, Director’s Report 1988, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (Spring 1989): 118.
In Greek mythology, satyrs numbered amongst the lustful and drunken woodland gods.