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
  • 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.).