MARSYAS HUNG ON A TREE

Dimensions
112 x 37 x 38 cm
Date
early 20th century
Period
Material
Inventory
Ag.281
ID
Hyp-6399
References
Hekler, Gipszgyűjtemény, no. 361

This figure from the statue group depicting the myth represents Marsyas, the satyr in the moment of suffering his punishment. The old, but markedly muscular figure with voluminous hair is hung on a tree by his wrists. His naked body is strained, he presses his chin against his chest, slightly to the right. His bowed head and gaze suggest that he knows exactly what torture is awaiting him. The Scythian slave, who is already whetting his knife, is to flay him alive and make a wineskin of his hide.