A Western Greek mould-made antefix, possibly from Taranto. It was made of light yellow clay with traces of white slip, and is semi-circular in form. The antefix has a very expressive face of a satyr, executed in deep relief. His eyebrows, visible under a furrowed brow, are angular and pointing upward. He has a full beard comprising many wavy strands, and long hair that falls down in an arc on either side and stands up straight in the middle.
For a similar antefix compare Helga Herdejürgen, Götter, Menschen und Dämonen. Terrakotten aus Unteritalien (Sonderausstellung im Antikenmuseum Basel, 16. April bis 20. August 1978) (Basel, Archäologischer Verlag, in Kommission bei Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, 1978), p. 92 no. C10.
Last quarter of the 5th century B.C.
Height 17.5 cm.
Collection P.A.E. Hollander, 1992-2010. Formerly collection Virzi, New York; thereafter collection C., Switzerland; with Jean-David Cahn, Basel, in 2000.
Slightly worn. Lower part and point of the attachment on the reverse broken off.