Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Lampstand in the shape of bound Marsyas holding an oil lamp in the shape of a Negroid head
Italy
1st–2nd century CE
Bronze
H: 41; W: 11.5 cm
Bequest of Joseph Ternbach, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 87.160.324
 
 
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.

Publications:
Merhav, Rivka et al., A Glimpse into the Past: The Joseph Ternbach Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir