The present sculpture is related to other types of ancient statuary groups showing Dionysiac figures (Satyrs, Silens, Maenads, Pan, etc.) locked in playful, erotic fights, but the present group offers an unusual narrative twist to the theme. The Satyr has made his foray, believing the Hermaphrodite to be a helpless Nymph, but upon close inspection, he has noticed the penis and realised the true nature of his "victim"; too late, however: now the Hermaphrodite won’t let him go. The attacked has become the attacker.
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