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Lampstand in the shape of bound Marsyas holding an oil lamp in the shape of a Negroid head

Unknown1st century CE - 2nd century CE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

According to myth, the Satyr Marsyas was bound to a tree before being flayed alive, his punishment for challenging Apollo in a music contest. This surprising choice of subject reflects an interest in the exotic that began in the Hellenistic period, when a monumental statue depicting Marsyas bound was created.

Credit: Bequest of Joseph Ternbach, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Details

  • Title: Lampstand in the shape of bound Marsyas holding an oil lamp in the shape of a Negroid head
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1st century CE - 2nd century CE
  • Location: Italy
  • Type: Lampstand
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: H: 41; W: 11.5 cm
  • Curator: Rozenberg, Silvia

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