Dancing Satyr

Unkownend of the 1st – beginning of the 2nd c. AD

The National Museum in Warsaw

The National Museum in Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

The sculpture is property of the Musée du Louvre; since 1960 it has remained in Warsaw as a long-term loan. Its original state was very poor (missing its right leg); the recently performed restoration returned the statue to its original condition. The sculpture presents a young satyr with rattles in his hands and his right foot pressing a harmonica-like object. There are other musical instruments (e.g. panflute) hanging from the tree trunk on which the Satyr rests his left hand. It is part of a bigger group of sculptures created in the Hellenistic period (mid-2nd century AD); titled "The Invitation to Dance" and reconstructed by W. Klein. The group’s different elements were often copied; therefore we can now encounter a relatively large number of statues that constitute the original group (e.g. Satyr Corsini). For this reason; the antique statue showcased in Warsaw - dated to the Hadrian period (beginning of the 2nd century AD) - could be restored with such detail; despite differences between the copies.


  • Title: Dancing Satyr
  • Creator: Unkown
  • Creator Lifespan: ? - ?
  • Date: end of the 1st – beginning of the 2nd c. AD
  • Location Created: Rome
  • Provenance: On loan from the Musée du Louvre since 1960
  • Inv. no.: Louvre MA 4876 – MND 2210; 143398 NMW
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: marble

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