Image access restricted
Top: Musical contest of Apollo with Marsyas; Bottom left: Square relief de...

Image access restricted
Musical contest of Apollo with Marsyas

Musical contest of Apollo with Marsyas

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Apollo and Marsyas Relief
Context: From Mantinea
Findspot: Found at Mantinea (in August 1887)
Summary: Musical contest of Apollo and Marsyas
Object Function: Cult
Sculptor: Attributed to the school of Praxiteles
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Statue base, relief-decorated
Category: Separated fragments
Style: Late Classical
Technique: Medium relief
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 330 BC - ca. 320 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.97 m, L. 1.38 m
Scale: Under life-size
Region: Arcadia
Period: Late Classical
In Whole: Mantinea statue base

Subject Description:

On the left sits Apollo, on a rock facing to the right, holding a kithara. In the center stands a Scythian wearing a long-sleeved, knee-length, betled tunic, trousers, and a Persian cap, holding a knife in his hand, with which he is about to flay Marsyas. Marsyas, bearded, balding, and nude, is at right, playing a double pipe which he holds with both hands, and lunging slightly to the right.

Condition: Complete

Condition Description: This one (of perhaps four original plaques) is perhaps the best preserved, comprised of a single pieces, cracked in the upper right corner, somewhat scratched and stained, missing some detail (eroded away) on the faces.

Sources Used: Boardman 1995, fig. 28.1; Karouzou 1968, 167-168; Svoronos 1903-12, 179, pl. 31.1.