Second half of the second century CE
Height: 46 cm
This statue is made of a fine-grained, white marble that has been carved, sanded, and worked with the drill. The piece is incomplete: a portion of the head is missing; it is also missing the upper limbs; and the lower limbs have a break at the knees.
The sculpture depicts an adult satyr with a full and finely crafted beard and a well-developed torso, marked by greatly enhanced muscles. A mantle of goatskin covers his shoulders completely but exposes the vibrant chest. The right leg is brought slightly forward, making the pelvis and the torso rotate in the opposite direction.
This posture, as much sinuous as natural, replicates the pose of the famous Anapauómenos (Satyr at rest) by Praxiteles. The better-known sculpture captures a young satyr with his right elbow resting languidly on top of a gnarled tree trunk. Despite the fact that the posture is almost identical, the two pieces differ markedly in their attributes and in the physicality of the subject represented. Praxiteles, according to the aesthetic Greek canons of the fourth century BCE, represented the satyr as a youthful, clean-shaven man with a slender body wrapped in the skin of a panther. The satyr depicted in this statue, however, shows power and force, typical features of Roman art of the second century CE.