East Greek pottery aryballos in the form of the Minotaur




A rare pottery aryballos vessel shaped as the head and torso of the Minotaur. The head, neck, ears and horns are black-glazed while the body is reserved and painted with lines indicating a tunic with further white decoration. The base is painted with a sun-burst pattern.

The Minotaur is one of the most famous creatures from ancient Greek mythology, a flesh-eating monster imprisoned in a labyrinth on Crete and eventually slayed by Theseus.

East Greek, probably Rhodes, c. 580-560 BC

Some re-touching of the black glaze where it has chipped or been worn (particularly to the dew-laps on the front of the chest and the tips of the horns and nose), a small restoration on the tip of one horn.

11.1 x 6 cms

Ex. collection: N.G., Bruxelles, Belgium; acquired from a collection purchased at auction in 1992.

Accompanied by a thermoluminescence test certificate by QED Laboratories (France) confirming the age of the vase.

For a similar vase in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; please see:

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