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neck-amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1843,1103.21

  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora.
    (a) Theseus slaying the Minotaur: Theseus to right, beardless, with hair bound up with fillet, short embroidered chiton, lion's skin, sheath at side, is plunging his sword into the breast of the Minotaur, seizing his horn with left hand. The Minotaur kneels to right looking to left; he has a bull's head and human body, and his right hand grasps Theseus' right arm, while his left holds a stone; a stream of blood flows from the wound. On the left is Ariadne (?) - or perhaps an Athenian maiden, to balance the youth on the other side - to right, with long tresses, fillet, long embroidered chiton and himation, in her right hand a sceptre ending in a lotus-flower. On the right is an Athenian youth (?) to left, in long chiton and himation, in right hand a sceptre.
    (b) Departure of a warrior: In the centre is a warrior to left, with visored helmet, chlamys, greaves, two spears, and shield with device of an okladias. Facing him is an archer, bearded, with Phrygian cap, cuirass, short chiton, quiver and sword at left side, left hand raised as if conversing. Behind the warrior is an archer to left, bearded, with high-peaked cap, close jerkin, sword and quiver at left side, looking back at an old man who stands to left; he is bald in front, with white hair and beard, long chiton and embroidered himation, in right hand a staff (as on obverse).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 510BC-500BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 395 millimetres
    • Diameter: 250 millimetres
    • Weight: 3 kilograms (approx)
    • Height: 39.37 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Wulff, Theseussage, p. 31.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 515 bibliographic details
    • Vase B246 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III H e Pl. 60, 2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought Exhibited:
    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought 2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010-2011, 11 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011, 4 July-25 Sept, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011-2012, 25 Oct-12 Feb, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2012-2013 6 Oct-6 Jan, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2013, 6 May–6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 21 Feb-9 Jun, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 2 Aug–9 Nov, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, The Body Beautiful in Greek Art and Thought
    2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1843

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1843,1103.21

Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora (jar): Theseus and the Minotaur (back: warrior departing).

Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora (jar): Theseus and the Minotaur (back: warrior departing).

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