In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man.He dwelt at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus, on the command of King Minos o fCrete.The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.After he ascended the throne of Crete, Minos competed with his brothers to rule. Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of support (the Cretan Bull). He was to kill the bull to show honor to Poseidon, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. He thought Poseidon would not care if he kept the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Aphrodite made Pasipha Minos’ wife, fall deeply in love with the bull. Pasiphay had the archetypal craftsman Daedalus make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. The offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphay nursed him in his infancy, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of man and beast, he had no natural source of nourishment and thus devoured man for sustenance. Minos, after getting advice from the oracle at Delphi, had Daedalus construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. Its location was near Minos’ palace in Knossos.
Minotaur (handmade oxidized bronze statue) (26.5cm/10.43” Tall)
Minotaur, a creature with the head of a bul on the body of a man.
SKU: 1482 Categories: Gods, Oxidised Bronze
|Dimensions||5 × 15 × 31 cm|
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