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    Pottery: red-figured kylix.
    Interior: Within a thin red circle, a singer reclining. A bearded man wreathed, with himation round legs, reclines to right on a couch, represented by a thin red line drawn across the circle: his bolster rests against the circle on one side, his left foot on the other: he sings with head thrown back, and strikes the chords of a chelys with a plectrum. From the circle above him hangs a sybene.
    In field, Ίππαρ[χ]ο[ς] καλ[ός.
    Exterior: (a) Theseus slaying the Minotaur: Theseus (wreathed, hair looped up, short chiton over which is a pardalis knotted over left shoulder, scabbard hanging from right shoulder) rushes to left, sword in hand, against the Minotaur, who has fallen on knees to left, and raises a great rock to hurl at his adversary; on either side, a girl in chiton, himation, and saccos, rushes forward, raising right hand. In centre, έγραφσεν.
    (b) Revel of five youths: They are nude and wreathed; the central one bends forward over a large crater, into which he places his right hand in order to fill a kylix in his left; on left, one dances to left, looking back, holding in his right an oinochoe (without foot), and another moves to right, balancing a crater on his left open palm, steadying it with his right. On right, a fourth (mantle over shoulders) balances in his left a kylix, while a fifth, moving to right towards him, plays flutes. Behind this figure Επίκτητος eypa[φσ]ev.


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  • Date

    • 510BC (circa)
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  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10.75 centimetres
    • Diameter: 29.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Cab. Ρourtalès, p. 119; Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 22; Gerhard, A. V. iii, p. 38, note; Klein, Meistersig2 p. 103, no. 9 ; Lieblingsinsehr. p. 30, no. 2; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 33, no. 2; cf. Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 665, note 1; C.I.Gr. 8163.
    The figures of the girls seem to be added merely to fill the space, and were probably borrowed from the traditional type of combat on vases: cf. BM VasesΕ8 and Ε12.


  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 828 bibliographic details
    • Vase E37 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc38

  • Condition

    Very little broken, two pieces of interior missing.

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  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Theseus kills the Minotaur
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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery: red-figured cup. Interior: symposiast. Exterior: Theseus and the Minotaur; komos.

Pottery: red-figured cup. Interior: symposiast. Exterior: Theseus and the Minotaur; komos.

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