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Among the Greek mythological figures, there is a satyr (Ancient Greek: Σάτυρος), also called Silenus, a male spirit of nature and forest, known to be the companion of the gods Pan and Dionysus. Satyrs were imagined as dancing in the fields, drinking wine with Dionysus and chasing maenads and nymphs. According to the descriptions in myths, they had human-like upper part of the body and the horse-like or goat-like legs, and also a long and bushy tail.

Gradually, animalistic features in the image of a satyr recede, their lower limbs become human (legs, not hooves). The satyr Marsyas (Μάρσιας) plays a special role in Greek legends. Sometimes the god Pan is depicted in the guise of a satyr.

The historian Hesiod tells us about their origins, mentioning that satyrs are wine lovers, and legends also claim that it was the satyrs who saved Ariadne (Aριαδνη), the daughter of King Minos from Crete, who was abandoned by her lover Theseus (Θησεύς) on the island of Naxos (Νάξος).

It is believed that satyrs have tremendous strength and endurance, and also love music, and one of their main attributes is the flute. Also among the attributes of satyrs there are the thyrsus, vessels for wine, and wineskins.

The figurine of a satyr from the NMHM collection is unique. It is made of bronze and has a height of 17 cm. The figurine is made in a stylized manner, the character is presented in a standing position, as if he is holding something in his right hand, and his left hand is damaged. The left leg is also not completely preserved. Some researchers consider it to be the handle of a vessel (possibly of a cup). Certainly, the object had a symbolic character.

We assume that this artifact belongs to the period of Classical Greece and dates back to the 4th century BC.

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Activities dedicated to winter holidays

December 26-28, 2019

On December 26 and 28, the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted two events dedicated to the beautiful winter holidays.

The musical-literary show „Christmas Caravan", organized in collaboration with the members of the City Station of Young Tourists from Chișinău (coordinator: Tamara Pânzari), flooded the museum with carols, songs, plays and a lot of good vibes. Several New Year themed works, created by the participants themselves, brought a surplus of color to this event.

The second activity was dedicated to children with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Organized in collaboration with S.O. „Sunshine", the event „Magic of winter holidays" has urged us to be better, to warm our hearts with love and compassion and to believe that, through a Christmas tree and some snowflakes, we can change the whole world ...

The participants were entertained with lots of music, dance and animations by the artists of the Circus of Chișinău Veaceslav Iacovlev and Ilona Rudenco, as well as the young violinist Cătălin Advahov. In a warm atmosphere, the children had fun and received gifts from the best and most generous magician - Santa Claus.

Winter holidays bring us the joy of childhood and open our hearts to Faith, Hope and Light.


 

 


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#Exhibit of the Month

Among the Greek mythological figures, there is a satyr (Ancient Greek: Σάτυρος), also called Silenus, a male spirit of nature and forest, known to be the companion of the gods Pan and Dionysus. Satyrs were imagined as dancing in the fields, drinking wine with Dionysus and chasing maenads and nymphs. According to the descriptions in myths, they had human-like upper part of the body and the horse-like or goat-like legs, and also a long and bushy tail. Gradually, animalistic features in the image of a satyr recede, their lower limbs become human (legs, not hooves). The satyr Marsyas (Μάρσιας) plays a special role in Greek legends. Sometimes the god Pan is depicted in the guise of a satyr...

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