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K20.2 THE CONTEST OF APOLLO & MARSYAS

Apollo & Marsyas | Attic red figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London 1917.7-25.2
Beazley Archive No. 217933
Ware Attic Red Figure
Shape Krater, Bell
Painter Attributed to Meleager Painter
Date ca 380 B.C.
Period Late Classical

DESCRIPTION

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.

ARTICLES

Apollo, Marsyas, Muses