Kylix: eye–cup (drinking cup), ca. 530 b.c.; black–figure
Greek, Attic, Archaic
Terracotta; H. 5 in. (12.7 cm), Diam. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1909 (09.221.39)
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. With the help of Ariadne, Minos's daughter, Theseus killed the monstrous creature. The episode appears here with youths and maidens as spectators.