Description Papposilenus was an aged, semi-bestial companion of Dionysus. He is playing a double flute (restored). Both silens and satyrs were often depicted with this exotic instrument of Asian origin. According to Aristotle, the lyre calmed the emotions, but the flute excited them, as can be seen by the figure's lively and twisting pose.
|10/13/1972||Examination||examined for condition|
|11/04/1988||Treatment||cleaned; repaired; loss compensation|
|1/10/1995||Examination||examined for condition|
- From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Madame E. Warneck Collection Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 1905, no. 90; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1905, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1905
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