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Right corner of a marble sarcophagus with the myth of Apollo and the satyr Marsyas

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Severan
Date:
ca. A.D. 210–230
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 24 x 21 x 15in. (61 x 53.3 x 38.1cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
15.170
  • Description

    Marsyas challenged Apollo to a musical contest, and he was flayed alive as punishment after losing. here, he is shown hanging from a pine tree, while a bearded Phrygian slave kneeling at his feet sharpens his knife. Behind Marsyas, another slave tightens the ropes that bind him to the tree. The group showing the flaying is copied from a sculptural group created in the Hellenistic period.

  • References

    Alexander, Christine. 1930–1931. "Unpublished Fragments of Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 3: pp. 42-43, figs. 8, 11-12.

    McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropoltian Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 13, pp. 22, 79-84, figs. 87-89 .

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Mousa, Mosai/Musae, no. 228.

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