The satyr Marsyas challenges Apollon to a musical contest. He sits beneath a pine tree, that to which he is destined to be bound and flayed, holding his double flute. He has the typical features of a satyr: pug nose, horse's tail and ears. Apollon stands beside him, holding a lyre and laurel branch staff in his hands. The two contestants are surrounded by three of the Mousai, one holding a lyre, another a scroll-box, who have been appoitned to judge the contest.