black-figure oinochoe - Odysseus and the Cyclops

This is a representation of one of the most famous stories in Homer's Odyssey. Odysseus 'polytropos' (meaning the man of many turns, wiles, stratagems and resources) manages to outwit his captor, the Cyclops Polyphemus, by intoxicating him with undiluted wine before blinding him in his single eye with a red-hot poker. The only way for Odysseus and his men to escape from the giant's cave was to hug the underbellies of Polyphemus' sheep.

This vase shows the point at which Odysseus is holding onto the underbelly of Polyphemus' favourite ram who, the giant comments, is - unusually, - the last to leave the cave.

The original, attributed to the Athena Painter, dates to the first half of the 5th century BC and is now in the British Museum.

black-figure oinochoe - Odysseus and the Cyclops

SKU: VO-82
  • Height to the top of the handle: 16cm
  • They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.

    The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images are then applied by transfer, before being painted by hand.