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Drinking cup (kylix) depicting Theseus killing the Minotaur

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Tondo: Theseus forces the Minotaur to his knees, grasping him by one horn ready to thrust in the dagger. Border of meanders and saltires. Exterior: on both sides, a seated deity (?) between two standing attendants. Elaborate palmettes enclose the handles. Fragmentary.


By 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 12, 1968

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Greek, Late Classical Period, late fifth century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece


Diameter: 20.4 cm (8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique


The Ancient World