K20.2 THE CONTEST OF APOLLO & MARSYAS
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1917.7-25.2|
|Beazley Archive No.||217933|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to Meleager Painter|
|Date||ca 380 B.C.|
The satyr Marsyas challenges Apollo to a musical contest. The god arrives on the back of a swan playing his lyre. The Satyr stands to the right with one hand raised and holding a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff) in the other. Two Muses attend the scene as judges, one of which holds a lyre. In the centre stands the tree to which the defeated Marsyas will be tied and flayed alive.