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Bronze box mirror

Late Classical
late 4th century B.C.
H. 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm) diameter 7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
In relief, the satyr Marsyas and Scythian slave

Marsyas was so proficient at playing the double flute that he challenged the god Apollo himself to a contest. Apollo agreed on condition that the victor could do as he pleased to the vanquished, and after winning, he had Marsyas flayed alive by a Scythian slave.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Department of Classical Art Accessions of 1914: Terracottas, Bronzes, Glass and Gems.." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10(10): pp. 209–11, fig. 6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 111, 249, pl. 89b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Olympos I, no. 8, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 316, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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