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neck-amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1837,0609.57

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora.
    (a) 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.
    (b) Minos, a bearded draped man, carrying a lotos-crowned sceptre on his left arm, rushing to left, extending his right arm, as if coming to the assistance of the Minotaur in a.
    Later stage of severe style. Purple swordbelt, blood, wreath, and inscriptions. Brown inner markings (very faint), also for edge of hair of Theseus. Eye of Theseus of archaic form with dotted circle. The hair and beard of Minos are indicated merely in outline. Below, a continuous band of maeander. Below the lower insertion of each handle, an inverted palmette.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 460BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31.75 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    De Witte, Descr. no. 113.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 872 bibliographic details
    • Vase E304 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 5 III Ic pl. 54, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G20a/dc45

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1837

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1837,0609.57

Side a of Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora.  (a) 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, ??A??, ? pa?? (?). The third letter is written on the left arm of Theseus. Below, ?pa??.  (b) Minos, a bearded draped man, carrying a lotos-crowned sceptre on his left arm, rushing to left, extending his right arm, as if coming to the assistance of the Minotaur in a.  Later stage of severe style. Purple swordbelt, blood, wreath, and inscriptions. Brown inner markings (very faint), also for edge of hair of Theseus. Eye of Theseus of archaic form with dotted circle. The hair and beard of Minos are indicated merely in outline. Below, a continuous band of maeander. Below the lower insertion of each handle, an inverted palmette.

Side a of Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora. (a) 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, ??A??, ? pa?? (?). The third letter is written on the left arm of Theseus. Below, ?pa??. (b) Minos, a bearded draped man, carrying a lotos-crowned sceptre on his left arm, rushing to left, extending his right arm, as if coming to the assistance of the Minotaur in a. Later stage of severe style. Purple swordbelt, blood, wreath, and inscriptions. Brown inner markings (very faint), also for edge of hair of Theseus. Eye of Theseus of archaic form with dotted circle. The hair and beard of Minos are indicated merely in outline. Below, a continuous band of maeander. Below the lower insertion of each handle, an inverted palmette.

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