This marble faun's head was made during the Roman Empire, during the I - II century AD.
The features are fine with almond-shaped eyes, marked cheeks and pointed ears, which are undeniable characteristics of fauna representations. A vegetal wreath holds her hair back and on her face there is a mischievous look and a joyful expression.
In Roman mythology, fauns are legendary creatures, sons of Faunus, king of Lazio, third king of Italy and descendants of Saturn. Often likened to satyrs, from Greek mythology, they are both half man half goat. However, the satyrs are differentiated by more brutal social mores and more hideous features. The fauna is a joyful being and a skillful musician, it is the protector of the herds and fields. Their leader is the god Pan, they live among the sylvains and nymphs. Faithful companions and members of the Thiasus, the ecstatic retinue of Bacchus, the god of wine, celebrating feasts considered to be manifestations of disorder and abuse.
The fauns are friendly and harmless, they like to make music and share dances with nymphs, Pan being also the god of male sexuality, linked to the wild sides of nature.
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