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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Graeco-Roman
Title:Smiling Faun
Date Made:1st century CE
Type:Sculpture
Materials:marble
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:overall: 26 7/16 x 12 5/8 x 13 5/16 in.; 67.1513 x 32.0675 x 33.8138 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unmarked
Accession Number:  SC 1919.15.1
Credit Line:Purchased
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Description:
naked, smiling, curly haired faun, lower legs and arms missing, drapery visible on back; mythology

Label Text:
At first glance, this Roman sculpture does not appear to be a satyr, one of the carousing, goat-like followers of Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration. However, his pointed ears and two short horns, as well as his grin, reveal his true nature. His weight-bearing posture suggests that he once supported a table or fountain basin.

Roman sculptors were inspired by the ideal male bodies of ancient Greek masterworks. This faun’s slender body and muscled torso add to his erotic appeal, which would have been appropriate for a decoration in a private villa.

Keywords/Tags:
religion; archaeology; man; mythology

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