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Papposilenos Playing the Double Flute
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Papposilenos Playing the Double Flute


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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.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/13/1972Examinationexamined for condition
10/13/1972Treatmentcleaned; repaired
10/29/1973Treatmentcleaned
10/29/1973Treatmentcleaned; other
11/04/1988Treatmentcleaned; repaired; loss compensation
1/10/1995Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • 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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Period
3rd-2nd century BC (Hellenistic)
Medium
solid cast bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1076
Measurements
4 5/16 x 2 3/16 x 2 1/16 in. (11 x 5.5 x 5.3 cm)
Geography
  • Italy (Place of Discovery)

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