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Lot 846

Amusing Satyr Mask, in Red Terra Cotta. Phoenicia, c. 350-200 BC. Displayable masks were peculiar to Phoenician culture/art, and this little Pan maskette is more interesting than many. Molded in a moderately coarse-grained red clay, with up slanting brows and eyes, and smiling little mouth. To modern eyes, the appearance is more that of an impish Devil, rather than the rustic men-animals associated with Dionysus. A little chipping to one ear, and a re-attached fragment at chin, otherwise object intact and nearly pristine. Height: 4-5/8"; on custom base. Rare and eye-catching -- a fun artifact!
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.


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