Minotaur was a monstrous creature with human body and bull head. He lived in the Labyrinth, a building made by Daedalus under the command of the King of Crete, Minos.

According to the myth, before Minos became a king, he asked god Poseidon for a sign to be sure that he was the rightful King and not his brother. The god sent a beautiful white bull and asked Minos to sacrifice this bull for his favor. Minos however, enchanted by the beauty of the animal, sacrificed another bull instead, hoping that the god would not notice it.

Poseidon, though, realized what had happened, and outraged as he was, made Pasiphae, Minos’s wife, fall in love with the bull. The woman could not satisfy her passion and asked for help from the mechanic Daedalus. He constructed an empty cow effigy, Pasiphae came in and the bull mated with her. From this union Minotaur was born.

Minos, after an oracle from Delphi, asked Daedalus to build a building to imprison the Minotaur, and he built the Labyrinth.

After the victory of the Cretans over the Athenians, Minos defined as their sentence, every nine years, 14 young Athenians (7 boys and 7 girls), to be sent to the Labyrinth and be devoured by the Minotaur.

Theseus, the son of Aegeus, the King of Athens, could not tolerate this sacrifice, and killed the Minotaur with the help of Minos’s daughter, Ariadne.

The statue of the Minotaur that you hold in your hands is made in Greece by alabaster, a kind of semi-transparent precious marble. Our colored statues are hand-painted, while all our products are distinguished for their incomparable quality and attention to detail.

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