Antique bronze satyr mask, pre-1932
What more tasteful way to express your hedonistic tendencies than with this antique mask of a satyr? This finely detailed mask has a gorgeous brown patina with a few scattered flecks of green. It's rare to find a mask with such a devilish facial expression.
Satyrs are lawless creatures of Greek mythology known for their love of wine and fornication. These lascivious nature spirits have a close relationship with the god Dionysus, lord of madness and spiritual ecstasy. The great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche took satyrs to represent the bestial side of humanity: us with our desires liberated from rational restraint. Medieval Christians saw in the satyr a great wickedness, and naturally began to imagine the devil as satyr-like.
The mask appeared in the Boston Traveler on July 30, 1932, but may have been made significantly earlier. It weighs a little over 2 pounds and is approximately 6 1/2" tall, 6" wide, and 2" deep.