Inv. n°: MMoCA461

Roman Carrara Marble Group: a Satyr, Bacchus (Dionysus) and Pan

Marble group of carved statuettes featuring a nude satyr carrying a young Dionysus on his shoulders. They are accompanied by Pan playing his pipes and a small child who rides a panther.

h. 67,5 x w. 33 x Ø 20 cm

Early 3rd century AD

Fine-grained grey-white marble (Carrara)


  • Formerly in the Palazzo Corsini Lungarno, Florence
  • Ex-collection Henning Throne-Holst, Rome, 1960
  • Acquired by Royal-Athena Galleries at Christie's Sale, The Henning Throne-Holst collection, London, 8th June 1988, lot 43
  • Sold to William Haber, Beverly Hills, CA, 1st October 1988
  • Re-acquired by Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 2004
  • Sold to M. B., Woodland Hills, CA, January 2005
  • Re-acquired by Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, October 2009
  • Acquired at Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 30th November 2009, BM0907C


  • H. Dütschke, Antike Bildwerke in Oberitalien II, Zerstreute antike Bildwerke in Florenz, Leipzig, Verlag von W. Engelmann, 1875, p. 118, no. 292
  • A. Minto, Satiro con Bacco fanciullo, Gruppo frammentario in Firenze, estratto da Ausonia anno 8, 1913, pp. 96-97, fig. 5
  • O. Vessberg, Sculptures in the Throne‐Holst Collection, Medelhavsmuseet Bulletin Stockholm, 1962, pp. 42-46, fig. 3-4
  • A. Andrén, Antik skulptur i svenska samlingar, Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 1964, pl. 25 with text
  • P. Gercke, Zur Gruppe: Satyr mit Dionysosknaben auf der Schulter, Opus Nobile. Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Ulf Jantzen, Wiesbaden: F. Steiner, 1969, pp. 48‐9, especially fn. 3
  • C. Dierks‐Kiehl, Zu späthellenistischen bewegten Figuren der 2. Hälfte des 2. Jahrhunderts, Freiburg: doctoral thesis, 1973, pp. 86-87, especially fn. 23
  • Christie's London, The Henning Throne-Holst collection, 8th June 1988, pp. 40-41, lot 43
  • K. Kell, Formuntersuchungen zu spät‐und nachhellenistischen Gruppen, Saarbrücken: Saarbrücker Druckerei und Verlag, 1988, pp. 40-43, especially fn. 130
  • P. Bol, Forschungen zur Villa Albani. Katalog der antike Bildwerke II, Berlin: Mann (ed.), Berlin, 1990, pp. 289-293, especially at fn. 7
  • J. M. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, Royal-Athena Galleries, 2005, vol. XVI, p. 7, fig. 9
  • J. Pollini, "Roman Marble Sculpture" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 95, fig. 41
  • Sir John Boardman, Apollo Magazine, Museum Opening of the Year, December 2011, p. 59
  • J. Lenaghan, Le Banquet de Marseille à Rome: Plaisir et Jeux de Pouvoir, Lienart, 2016, p. 59
  • N. Benazeth, "Dining with Socrates and Nero", Minerva: the International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology, May/June 2017, p. 25, fig. 14
  • Ville de Mougins, "C'est quoi cette oeuvre?'", Mougins Infos, France, Eté 2021, no. 79, p. 29


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011
  • Le Banquet: de Marseille à Rome, Plaisir et Jeux de Pouvoir, Centre de la Vieille Charité, Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne, Marseille, France, 3rd December 2016 — 30th June 2017

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