Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Terracotta kylix: eye-cup (drinking cup)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm) diameter 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.221.39
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse and reverse, between eyes, Theseus and the Minotaur

In Greek mythology, Athens was once subject to King Minos of Crete and was obliged to send a yearly tribute of seven youths and seven maidens. They either lost their way in the king's labyrinthine palace or were consumed by the Minotaur, part man and part bull. Theseus, with the help of Ariadne, Minos' daughter, killed the monstrous creature. The episode appears here with youths and maidens as spectators.
Said to be from Tarquinia

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 60, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Related Objects

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Date: ca. 480 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 20.246 On view in:Gallery 157

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup) with flower

Date: ca. 1300–1225 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 27.120.8 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta cosmetic vase

Date: 4th quarter of the 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 1977.11.3 On view in:Gallery 152

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Date: ca. 540–530 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 2010.147 On view in:Gallery 155

Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Date: late 10th–early 9th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 30.118.1 On view in:Gallery 171