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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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Dragobete at the National Museum of History of Moldova

February 24th, 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, at the National Museum of History of Moldova was held a special event dedicated to the Dragobete, Romanian folk mythology character symbolizing youth and love.

Students from several schools in Chișinău - Theoretical lyceums "M. Eliade" and "Gh. Asachi", Republican boarding lyceum of music "C. Porumbescu", Professional school no. 6 - filled the Blue Room of the museum with a desire to celebrate the feast of Dragobete in traditional style. Love poetry, plays, music and dance were the ingredients of the artistic show offered to the event participants by artistic collectives of Aesthetic Education Center "Lăstărel". After the welcome speech by host Larisa Bardier which made an entry into the typical atmosphere of this celebration, followed the shows given by dramatic circle "Frunze de dor" with play "Dragobete is coming"; group of plovers "Mugurașii" with a suite of songs of longing; folk band "Dumbrăvița" with a bouquet of folk song; folk dance group "Brâuleț" with a suite of dances; vocal bands "Tinerețe floare" and "Solo" with some pop songs.

The event aimed at promoting the history of this old Romanian holiday and love for traditions.

Among the organizers of the event were Larisa Bardier, head of section at the National Museum of History of Moldova; Viorica Florea and Elena Prutean, methodists at the Aesthetic Education Center "Lăstărel".


 

 


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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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