T61.7 THE CONTEST OF APOLLO & MARSYAS
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1917,0725.2|
|Beazley Archive No.||217933|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Meleager Painter|
|Date||ca. 400 - 380 B.C.|
The satyr Marsyas challenges Apollo to a musical contest. The god arrives on the back of a swan playing a lyre. The satyr stands to the right with his hand raised in greeting. He has a pug nose and the tail of an ass, is crowned with a wreath of ivy and bears a thyrsus (pine-cone staff). Two Muses flank the pair, one holding a lyre. A palm tree stands in the middle of the scene, to which the defeated satyr will be bound and flayed alive.
IMAGE DETAIL 1
Detail of Muse.
IMAGE DETAIL 2
Detail of Apollo riding swan.