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Oidipus killing the sphinx - Lekythos - Classical Period - 410 BC - British Museum - Ceramic Vase

Oidipus killing the sphinx - Lekythos - Classical Period - 410 BC - British Museum - Ceramic Vase

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Vase Details:
Condition: New, Handmade in Greece.
Material: Clay
Height Size: 40 cm - 15,7 inches
Width: 12 cm - 4,7 inches
Length: 12 cm - 4,7 inches
Weight: 1280 g
Meidias Painter - Oidipus killing the sphinx
Youth with chlamys and spear named Aineas, Athena, Oidipus killing the sphinx with his spear, ionic column, Apollon seated with laurel stem.
During his great journey, Oedipus came upon the town of Thebes, he found the great Sphinx
there. The Sphinx sat in front of Thebes and asked a riddle of everyone who tried to enter the
city. If you could answer the riddle, the Sphinx let you go, but if you could not answer the
riddle, then the Sphinx ate you! Nobody ever knew the answer. This was the Sphinx's riddle:
What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?
(Answer: a person: A person as a baby in the morning of their life crawls on four feet (hands
and knees).
As an adult in the noon of their life, they walk on two feet.
But when they are old, in the evening of their life, they walk with a cane, on three feet.)
When Oedipus answered the riddle correctly, the Sphinx was so upset that she fainted and
Oedipus went on into Thebes. When he got there, the Thebans were very upset because
somebody had killed their king, Laius. But they were happy to hear that Oedipus had figured
out the riddle of the Sphinx. So, they made Oedipus their new king..

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