This heavy ring has been set with a gold oval deeply chiseled with a scene of the hero Theseus slaying the minotaur, a monstrous creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull. The story of Theseus’s triumph is recorded with dramatic clarity, and the artist has beautifully adapted the carefully modeled figures to the long narrow shape of the bezel.
Artist Greek
Title
  • Ring
Date between 2nd and 1st century BCE
Medium gold and bronze
Dimensions Overall: 1 5/8 × 1 × 1 1/8 inches (4.1 × 2.5 × 2.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. William Clay
Accession Number 28.121
Department Greco-Roman and Ancient European
On View Ancient Greek and Roman S201, Level 2 (see map)
Mrs. William Clay;
1928-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
"Family Art Game," Detroit Free Press (May 18, 1986): p. 31 (ill.) [DIA Advertising Supplement].

Henshaw, Julia P., ed. A Visitors Guide: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1995, p. 113 (ill.).