'Apollo and Marsyas', shell cameo

'Apollo and Marsyas', shell cameo

'Apollo and Marsyas'
Shell cameo
Italy
About 1650-70
Shell
Museum no. A.15-1937
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

The satyr Marsyas was a skilled flute-player who was forced into a musical contest with the god Apollo. Unfortunately, he used a flute that had been cursed and discarded by the goddess Minerva. Apollo won the contest and ordered Marsyas to be tied to a pine tree and flayed alive.