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Marsyas & Apollo | Attic red figure vase painting
Museum Collection Musée du Louvre, Paris
Catalogue No. Louvre G516
Beazley Archive No. 215754
Ware Attic Red Figure
Shape Krater, Bell
Painter Attributed to the Pothos Painter
Date -
Period Early Classical


The satyr Marsyas challenges the god Apollo to a musical contest. He is seated on a rock beneath a pine-tree and holds a double-flute in his hand. Apollo stands before him holding a laurel-branch and lyre. The pair are surrounded by three Muses who have been tasked with judging the contest. One holds a lyre and another a scroll-box. According to the myth, Marsyas loses the contest and is bound to the tree and flayed alive.


Marsyas, Apollo, Muses