Theseus Minotaur


Author Attributed to The Oionokles Painter, likely to have died before 400 BC.
English: Illustration of Theseus slaying the Minotaur on a neck-amphora. Circa 460 BC.
Source/Photographer (Own work)
British Museum reference 1837,0609.57
Detailed description Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora. Theseus slaying the Minotaur. Theseus, a wreathed youth with long hair looped over his ears, scabbard at waist, and mantle flying from his shoulders, rushing to right, has caught the Minotaur by the horn; he has already stabbed it once in the side, and draws back his sword for a second thrust. The Minotaur, tottering to right, with protruding tongue and blood flowing from his wound, looks round at Theseus, and feebly tries to push him off with his right hand; in his left he brandishes a large stone. Beside Theseus, as if proceeding from his mouth, ΕΠAΙΝ, ή παις (?). The third letter is written on the left arm of Theseus. Below, ήπαις. Below, a continuous band of maeander. Below the lower insertion of each handle, an inverted palmette. ~ Description extract from BM record.
Size Height: 12.5 inches
Location G20A/45


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