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Kottabos Element of a Dancing Satyr

Kottabos Element of a Dancing Satyr

470-450 BC

Bronze

Overall: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1974.16

Fun Fact

This lively object was likely used to play a drinking game called kottabos.

Description

This diminutive dancing satyr, identifiable by his animal-like features, lifts his leg and reaches with an upstretched arm toward a dish, now lost. In the popular drinking game kottabos, the goal was to knock a dish off its precarious perch, in this case the hand of a dancing satyr, using only the wine dregs in your cup. Kottabos was a game enjoyed by elite men in ancient Greece who gathered at symposia, or raucous banquet parties, to regale each other with their knowledge of drama, poetry, and literature, as well as play drinking games and share stories of their own accomplishments.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Etruscan
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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