Requires Photography


Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 170; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Height: 59.5 cm (23 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble probably from Carrara in northwest Italy

Not On View


The Ancient World



The central part of the tree trunk remains behind; the tail (now missing) was visible at the left side. The head was refastened in antiquity by a dowel which was leaded through a pour-channel from the right side of the neck. The surfaces, with some patina and denting here and there, are unusually fresh and visually attractive.
In this Marsyas the details of body structure, accentuated by the strained position of the figure, are very naturalistically rendered.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI712: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.51 / delta18O -3.00, Attribution - Probably Carrara, Justification - Dull white,fine grained marble.


By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund