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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. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2. Attic Black-Figured Kylikes. pls. XXVI, XLI, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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

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