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ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail

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Then the fauns and satyrs gathered round the Lady, wondering at her beauty, pitying her "fair blubbered face.
Yes," he continued, "I am less to you than your ivory Hermes or your silver Faun.
The Fauns footed it all round Caspian to their reedy pipes.
the move follows an account of elves, fauns and even a centaur being seen by scientist Robert Ogilvie Crombie.
The Marble Fauns prologue, nineteen eclogues, and epilogue describe the title character's yearning to become a part of the time-bound world of experience.
BRISTOL band The Fauns release their impressive second album, four years after their selftitled debut in 2009.
The Narnia is a magical world where, humans, fauns, dryads, elves, druids, satyrs, dwarves, witches and sorcerers, evil spirits, minotaurs, goblins, wreaths and of course talking animals, all live in strange harmony.
Instead of fauns, the self-styled Fantasy Boys wandered around half-naked.
Finding links between Faulkner the young romantic poet and Faulkner the adult modernist fiction writer has proven difficult; the exuberant but melancholy singer of nymphs and fauns seems, at most, perhaps reborn as a sardonic aspect of the mature writer's complex and multifaceted ego, a narrative persona adopted primarily to make fun of itself.
This month his unorthodox version of Afternoon of a Faun--think six fauns instead of one (Dendy originally made this as a duet)--opens at the Washington Ballet.
These tiny fauns, called panisci (a word related to "panic"), are the key to Dempsey's argument that Poliziano alone could have devised such a program.
While Vilain is careful to show that Hofmannsthal was aware of Mallarme's poem, it is nevertheless true that fauns appeared widely in the literature and iconography of the time.
In an earlier series, "Variations on Rubens," 1986-93, fauns and maidens frolic amid swirls of richly saturated colors surrou nded and supported by bold checkerboards of primary and secondary hues; this antiphonal discourse is both raucous and reassuring, as nothing is out of control in a structural system that both sustains and provokes natural exuberance.
And the whole thing ends with a silly, gorgeous, and ultimately ecstatic duet by Dendy and Keigwin as two Nijinsky fauns.
The exhibition also shows Picasso's imaginative world of harpies, fauns and minotaurs.