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Torso of a Dancing Faun
1st Century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Torso of a Dancing Faun
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 99
Creation Date: 1st Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.26 x W.15-3/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 70.39
Credit Line: The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund

In its original complete form, this figure would have had a goat tail, still partially visible, pointed ears and small horns characteristic of mythological fauns. Ancient Romans associated fauns with the god Faunus who dwelt in woodlands and fields, and was believed to control the fertility of livestock. The faun is the Roman equivalent of the Greek satyr or god Pan. This remnant of a marble faun may be a Roman copy of an earlier Greek bronze sculpture, part of a group known as "The Invitation to Dance." In this group the faun or satyr is tapping his foot and looking at a nymph who is putting on her sandals.

AMICA ID: MIA_.70.39
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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