This impressive bronze was once attached to a large situla, serving as the base for its handle. Depicted on it is the head of a satyr, facing forward. His face is boldly modeled and is surrounded by loose curls of hair, which seem to be swept in the wind. His goat ears are sticking out to the sides. There is what appears to be a twisted rope around his neck, ending in a know with two loops. He has a wonderful expression, showing a somewhat intoxicated, self assured air. A large vine leaf serves as backdrop.
Roman, circa 2nd-3rd century C.E.
Height 10.8 cm.
Dutch private collection; Superior Fine Antiquities, March 12, 1994, lot 203; previously US private collection.
Intact; with some surface wear and encrustation, especially at the back; the front side has been cleaned; very few minuscule dents, hardly visible with the naked eye. Overall in excellent condition. The object comes with a custom made, metal stand.