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Pan and  or Satyr , Munich Germany | by moonjazz
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Pan and or Satyr , Munich Germany

He has a devilish look on his face. Pan is always stiring up trouble in either fun or devious ways. This statue was near the Marienplatz in Munich. You like to wonder who the artist picked to model the mythic characters face. He has the look of lust to go with his goat like legs and hooves and the unicon like horns pushing out of his scull. I think he is up to no good and its a fabulous work.

Sometimes Greek Pan is also known as the Roman Satyr. Satyrs are described as roguish but faint-hearted folk — subversive and dangerous, yet shy and cowardly. As Dionysiac creatures they are lovers of wine and women, and they are ready for every physical pleasure. They roam to the music of pipes castanets, and bagpipes, and they love to dance with the nymphs (with whom they are obsessed, and whom they often pursue), and have a special form of dance called sikinnis. Because of their love of wine, they are often represented holding wine cups, and they appear often in the decorations on wine cups. Often they are show in full passion mode with goat legs and a fully erect penis though in this case genital where depicted but not in and aroused state. That was a bit too outlandish for a public art work even in a liberal country.

 

In earlier Greek art, satyrs appear as old and ugly, but in later art, like this piece, especially in works of the Attic school, this savage characteristic is softened into a more youthful and graceful aspect

 

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Taken on October 14, 2009