A satyr is a figure from Greek mythology. Satyrs were male companions of Pan and Dionysus who roamed the woods and mountains. Satyrs are often portrayed as males with strong bodily desires, wild, orgiastic and obsessed with drinking wine, music, dancing, and sex. They are after women (often the nymphs) and boys.
The name "satyr" is often thought to be linked to the rhethoric, literature and art technique of satire, but this is a false etymology.
Satyrs in art
From the waist down Satyrs are goat-like, with furry goat's legs, hoofs, and a tail. On their heads they have horns. Mature satyrs are often depicted in Roman art with goat's horns, while boy satyrs are often shown with bony nubs on their foreheads.
The Romans connected their fauns (place-spirits of untamed woodland) with the Greek satyrs, which gave them a very similar appearance. Both the fauns, satyrs and Pan resemble the later depictions of the devil in Christian iconography.
Satyrs are often depicted in erotic or sexual situations, often with erections. They are a classical subject matter in erotic art. Occasionally they are also seen in BDSM type activities such as whipping or spanking women (see the examples to the right).
Satyrs in spanking art
Qui aime bien... by Louis Malteste (1912).
A boy satyr rides and whips a bound woman, artwork by Léon Roze.
- Satyrs (images) on Wikimedia Commons
- Drawing of a satyr spanking a 20th century woman (unknown artist)
- Satyr kidnap, adult M/M spanking art by Jonathan
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