This fragment is likely from a sarcophagus depicting the myth of Apollo and the satyr Marsyas. The subject was popular in Greek and Roman art and appears on Roman sarcophagi "early in their development, and continues in frequent use through the first half of the third century" A.D. (McCann, Roman Sarcophagi in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 81). For a complete example in the Galleria Doria Pamphili see no. 92 in McCann, op. cit.