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neck-amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1837,0609.56

  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora.
    (a) Theseus slaying the Minotaur: Theseus to right, beardless with hair looped up under a fillet, curls in front of the ear, cuirass, short chiton, sheath at side, is about to plunge his sword into the Minotaur, whose left horn he has seized. The latter has a bull's head and tail, and kneels to right, looking back, right hand extended, in left a stone, which he is about to hurl. On the right is Ariadne - or an Athenian maiden - to left, with long hair, fillet, long striped chiton, extending her arms as if in approbation, and on the left is an Athenian youth to right, nude, wearing a fillet, with left hand extended.
    (b) Departure of a warrior: A quadriga seen from the front, in which are the charioteer, in a long white chiton, with goad, and the warrior with lofty visored helmet and two spears. At the horses' heads is a female figure to left, with long tresses, fillet, and long striped chiton with looped-up sleeves.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 520BC-510BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36.83 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    De Witte, Descr. No. 112; Wulff, Theseussage, p. 30.
    For the whole vase, cf. a black-figured amphora in the Museum of Geology; see also Overbeck, Her. Bildw. p. 104.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 514 bibliographic details
    • Vase B247 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III H e Pl. 60, 3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1837

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1837,0609.56

Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora.  (a) Theseus slaying the Minotaur: Theseus to right, beardless with hair looped up under a fillet, curls in front of the ear, cuirass, short chiton, sheath at side, is about to plunge his sword into the Minotaur, whose left horn he has seized. The latter has a bull's head and tail, and kneels to right, looking back, right hand extended, in left a stone, which he is about to hurl. On the right is Ariadne - or an Athenian maiden - to left, with long hair, fillet, long striped chiton, extending her arms as if in approbation, and on the left is an Athenian youth to right, nude, wearing a fillet, with left hand extended.  (b) Departure of a warrior: A quadriga seen from the front, in which are the charioteer, in a long white chiton, with goad, and the warrior with lofty visored helmet and two spears. At the horses' heads is a female figure to left, with long tresses, fillet, and long striped chiton with looped-up sleeves.

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Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora. (a) Theseus slaying the Minotaur: Theseus to right, beardless with hair looped up under a fillet, curls in front of the ear, cuirass, short chiton, sheath at side, is about to plunge his sword into the Minotaur, whose left horn he has seized. The latter has a bull's head and tail, and kneels to right, looking back, right hand extended, in left a stone, which he is about to hurl. On the right is Ariadne - or an Athenian maiden - to left, with long hair, fillet, long striped chiton, extending her arms as if in approbation, and on the left is an Athenian youth to right, nude, wearing a fillet, with left hand extended. (b) Departure of a warrior: A quadriga seen from the front, in which are the charioteer, in a long white chiton, with goad, and the warrior with lofty visored helmet and two spears. At the horses' heads is a female figure to left, with long tresses, fillet, and long striped chiton with looped-up sleeves.

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