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Oval Relief depicting Theseus and Ariadne
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Oval Relief depicting Theseus and Ariadne


Description Provenance Credit
Description This relief shows Theseus receiving a ball of thread from Ariadne. The thread would allow Theseus find his way out of the Labyrinth after killing the Minotaur, as he unwound it as he navigated his way through the maze thereby marking his route.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902 (?), by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902 (?)

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Period
late 18th-early 19th century
Medium
pearwood
(Wood)
Accession Number
61.76
Measurements
H: 13 x W: 8 5/16 in. (33 x 21.1 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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