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Satyr playing a footclapper

It used to be believed that this figure was originally part of a group, with the satyr tapping a foot clapper (scabellum) and snapping his fingers to encourage a nymph, missing from the group, to join him in dancing. This hypothesis was based on coins which depict a similar figure with such a partner. This theory is now doubted; his arms were restored in the seventeenth century, so the small cymbal in his hand is inauthentic

Location of Original: 

Unknown. Similar one in Florence, Uffizi 546


Transferred from the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1884


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 320 (n.5)
Amelung: Führer durch die Antike in Florenz (1896), 43, no.65
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 93, no.503
cf. Lawrence: Later Greek Sculpture (1927), 19, pl. 30b and Lippold: pl. 113.3 & pl. 136.28 for coin of Cyzicus showing group
cf. Haskell & Penny: Taste and the Antique (1981), 205 for Uffizi faun
Ridgway, B: Hellenistic Sculpture I (1990), 321
Ridgway, B: Hellenistic Sculpture III (2002), 50

Hellenistic, possibly 100 BCE

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