Roman head of a satyr

Contributed by The Hunterian

Roman head of a satyr

This Roman head of a satyr from the collection of the Hunterian Museum was selected by Louisa Hammersley, postgraduate student at the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow. Louisa writes - This metal figure is a bronze head of a satyr, a free-spirited creature commonly associated with woodland in both Greek and Roman mythology. Satyrs were companions of Dionysus, god of wine, and satiric dramas were distinctive types of plays which parodied mythical Greek gods and heroes. This bronze figure was small enough to be portable and probably an attachment to a larger object, possibly linked to story-telling or drinking games.

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