Statue of Faun

Inv. Scu 1138

The statue depicts a component of a Dionysian retinue, a theme that was enormously popular in the decorative programs of the rich Roman Imperial homes.

The statue depicts a young nude Satyr with a basket full of grapes on its left shoulder. Its head is crowned by pine branches that almost hide the two small horns on its forehead. The face, softly modeled and with fleshy lips, is characterized by an absorbed, almost dreamy look

The work dates to the Antonine period (138-192 a.C.); it is probably a clear reinterpretation of a Hellenistic original.

The statue was found on the Esquiline Hill near the Villa Palombara, built in the area occupied in the Imperial period by the Lamian Gardens.