Detail of lid: a muse with a barbiton

Detail of lid: Apollo with a kithara

Detail of lid: a muse with a kithara

Detail of lid: white temple between a muse and Marsyas

Detail of lid: Marsyas playing on the flutes

Detail of lid: a muse (?) with a box

Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre
Summary: Apollo, Marsyas, and Muses
Ware: Paestan Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to Asteas
Attributed By: A.D. Trendall
Date: ca. 360 BC - ca. 340 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.20 m; Diam. (max.) 0.405
Primary Citation: Trendall 1987, 2.108, no. 140, pl. 60
Shape: Lekanis lid
Period: Late Classical

Decoration Description: A white temple, shown in 3/4-view, sets the scene. To the right of the temple sits Marsyas, a balding, bearded satyr, 3/4-view to the right. He wears high leather boots and a chlamys, and plays double pipes. In front of him sits Apollo, wearing high boots, a belted, short Oriental tunic, a chlamys, and a wreath. He sits profile to the right, playing a kithara. A muse, also seated profile to the right, wearing a belted, short-sleeved chiton and a himation (draped around her hips), with a kithara on her lap, turns her head profile to the left, to face Apollo. She rests her upraised right arm on a shield (?) behind her. Another muse (?), seated profile to the right, dressed similarly to the first muse, but with drapery veiled over the back of her head, holds a wreath in her left hand, and opens a box with her left hand. Opposite her is another muse, seated profile to the left, with her upper torso in 3/4-view. She wears the himation wrapped around her hips and legs, over a belted, sleeveless, chiton. She holds a barbiton in her lowered left hand, and raises her right hand in front of her face (a speaking or singing gesture?).

Sources Used: Paquette 1984, 126-27, fig. C47; Trendall 1952, no. 63; Trendall 1936, no. 51, pl. 11c, fig. 23