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This terracotta relief depicts a kneeling satyr picking bunches of grapes and adding them to his overflowing basket. It originally must have belonged to a larger scene showing the drunken revelries of the wine-making satyrs, the attendants of the god Dionysos.
In Roman times, such images formed part of decorative friezes found in wealthy villas, along with other depictions of mythological creatures or scenes from daily life. They are known today as Campana reliefs or tiles, after the first man to have collected and catalogued them, the Italian art collector Giampietro Campana (1808-1980).
Height: 7 3/4 inches (19.7 cm) or 9 inches (22.9 cm) including base
Width: 9 inches (22.9 cm)
From the collection of Sir Daniel Donohue (1919-2014), acquired 1950s-1960s
Bonhams, "Antiquities including Property from the Collection of Sir Daniel Donohue", 13 April 2011, lot 292.
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