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Statuette - Satyr Child riding a Sea-horse

Satyr Child riding a Sea-horse

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Venice (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    first half 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    From the Salting bequest.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette represents a satyr child riding a sea-horse.
It is made by an unknown artist in Italy, possibly Venice in the first half of the 16th century.

Satyrs are living in woods and hills and are bestial in their behaviour and desires. They have features of animals, either of the horse or the goat. Satyrs are usually young and have Pan's goat details (in contrast to the rather old Sileni with horse ears).

Physical description

The little Satyr bestrides a winged sea-horse, brandishing a rod. On a circular base, decorated with interlacing ornament and supported on three fantastical fishes with bifurcated tails. Brown patina.

Place of Origin

Venice (possibly, made)


first half 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 18 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, Satyr child riding a sea-horse, Italian (probably Venice), first half of 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Renaissance bronzes from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London : Renaissance bronzes and related drawings from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford / organized by the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 9
The Rival of Nature : Renaissance painting in its context, London : National Gallery, 1975



Subjects depicted

Sea-horse; Fish; Ornament; Satyrs


Myths & Legends; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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