Boeotian terracotta satyr
reclining in lascivious pose. His right elbow is propped up on the couch, the
right hand rests on the bent knee.
The upright head with snub nose, goatee beard and pointed ears.
The potbellied figure is depicted with a long scrotum and a large phallus
resting over the left calf.
The figure is almost entirely covered with soil deposits, with much white slip
and pink pigment underneath. Some wear on the high points.
Old collection label on the back reading 117. The second with the inscription
ΘΙΣΒΗ A-I refers to the Boeotian town of Thisbe, where the figurine was found.
Intact. Small nick on the beard. Interesting piece with excellent provenance.
L. 6.9 cm (2.7 in), H. 5.5 cm (2.2 in)
Ex collection of Ernst Pfuhl (1876-1940), Basel, renowned classical
archaeologist and art historian.
Thence Galerie Fischer Luzern, 21 May 1941 sale, part of lot 232 (with copy of
the catalogue entry).
Auction house owner Theodor Fischer gifts the piece to a friend in July 02, 1941
(copy of the accompanying note and list of objects joined).
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