Head of the Silenus Marsyas

Testa del Sileno Marsia
2nd century A.D. copy of the Greek original by Myron (mid-5th century B.C.)
Material and technique: 
Pentelic marble
Purchased in Rome
Inv. MB 97

This head derives from a famous sculpture group created by Myron around the middle of the 5th century B.C., which depicted Athena and the satyr Marsyas in a mythological episode. The goddess has just thrown her flute to the ground, for she thinks she looks ugly playing it. Marsyas, surprised by her act, is about to pick up the instrument, which would enable him to win musical competitions.

The hall

Room 5, devoted to Greek art