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A Fragmentary Group of a Satyr Struggling with a Hermaphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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A Fragmentary Group of a Satyr Struggling with a Hermaphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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Erotic: Passion & Desire

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A Fragmentary Group of a Satyr Struggling with a Hermaphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.
the Hermaphrodite nude except for a mantle covering the upper legs, seated on a rocky outcrop and leaning back slightly with the left hand resting on the rocky outcrop, the right arm extended, and grasping the Satyr who desperately tries to push away.
Length 57cm; width 38cm; height 32cm.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Ticino, 1960s
Paolo Morigi, Magliaso-Lugano, Switzerland, 1970s
Donati Arte Classica, Lugano
Acquired from the above on 14 November 2015

Catalogue Note

The lost Hellenistic Greek bronze original of the present group is known through several Roman marble copies (see A. Stähli, Die Verweigerung der Lüste. Erotische Gruppen in der antiken Plastik, 1999, pp. 90ff.; C. Landwehr, Die römischen Skulpturen von Caesarea Mauretaniae, vol. 3, 2006, pp. 28ff., nos. 191–192, pls. 22ff.). For instance, see Cherchell (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/4286), Museo Torlonia (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/26799) and Berlin (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/gruppen/402409).

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.

Erotic: Passion & Desire

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