Seller: hix.antiquitatis (692) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 281666208997 Greek Terracotta Antefix: Satyr A large ancient Greek terracotta antefix in the form of the head of a satyr with a furrowed brow, pointed ears, and thick mustache and beard. Sicily or Southern Italy Ca. early 5th century BC. Height: 6 1/4 in. (16 cm). Intact. Antefixes were ornamental pottery caps that covered the open ends left by semi-cylindrical tiles at the edge of a temple roofs. They were often adorned with apotropaic images like Gorgons and Satyrs. Satyrs or Fauns were wild woodland spirits associated with the untamed land. They along with their female counterparts, the Maenads, were the devotees of Dionysos. As such, they possessed a virile and often lascivious character and were at once comical and fearful creatures. Confer for a similar example: L. Von Matt, Ancient Sicily, (Genoa, 1964), p. 62, pl. 58. Formerly in a New York private collection. #3065 GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBED HIXENBAUGH ANCIENT ART, NEW YORK Member: Appraisers Association of America (AAA) Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA) See our 'about me' page for our credentials and expertise. All antiquities we handle are authentic and legally acquired. Every piece is accompanied by a complete description with photo and signed guarantee of authenticity. See our web site for more examples of fine ancient art.