- Museum number
Pottery: red-figure column krater.
(a) Contest of Apollo and Marsyas. Towards the left Marsyas, a wreathed bearded satyr with shaggy skin indicated by white dots, white hair and tail, is seated on raised ground to right playing on the flutes; below, a wreathed diota lying on its side. On the right Apollo stands confronting him, leaning forward with his right foot resting on higher ground, a mantle around his arms and waist, a long laurel-branch resting against his left shoulder. He is beardless, and has long hair wreathed with laurel and fastened with a fillet, and in a knot behind; he raises his right hand with bent forefinger, as if addressing Marsyas. Between these two in the background Athene moves uphill to left, looking downwards at the ground to right, and with right hand raised and open, as if she had just thrown the flutes away; she wears a long Doric chiton schistos, an aegis decorated with a pattern of crossed lines forming chequers of black and red, and from which two snakes project on the shoulders, earrings, bracelets, necklace, and girdle of beads; on her left shoulder she carries a spear; her hair is looped up beneath a helmet tilted back, which has an upright sprig of olive on each side. On the left on higher ground Artemis is seated to left, looking on; she has a long torch on her left arm, a long chiton decorated on breast and skirt with wave pattern, a radiated stephane, earrings, a necklace of beads, and bracelets.
(b) Three draped ephebi with fillets. One on right holding a staff confronts the central one; on left a third moves away, looking back; beside him hang a pair of writing-tablets bound round with a cord; each wears a fillet.
Yellowish-white is used for jewellery, flames, fillet, laurel-berries, and hair and beard of Marsyas. Late style.
- Production date
- 400BC (circa)
Diameter: 25.40 centimetres (about)
Height: 31.75 centimetres
Weight: 2.04 kilograms
Width: 21.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Passieri, Pict. Etr. iii, pl. 235; Inghirami, Vasi Fitt. iv, pl. 328; D'Hancarville, iv, pl. 64; Él. Cér. ii, pl. 69, p. 208; Έφημ Άρχ. 1886, pl. facing p. 3 (cf. ibid. pl. 1); Arch. Zeit. 1869, p. 41; Overbeck, Kunstmyth. (Apollo), pp. 334, 523.
- On display (G20/dc6)
- Exhibition history
2008, 13 May-21 Sep, Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus, 'Olympic Vagaries: The Myth of Athena, Marsyas and Apollo'
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number