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Wine jug (one of a pair)

Date:
ca. 1680
Culture:
French, Nevers
Medium:
Faience (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
H. 22-1/16 in. (56 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, Gift of Irwin Untermyer by exchange, Rogers Fund and John L. Caldwalader, by exchange, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.181.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 531
This jug and its mate (1985.181.2) are decorated with scenes from classical mythology. Here, Europa, a princess of Phoenicia, is carried off to Crete by Zeus, disguised as a very tame and beautiful bull. This event was thought to explain the origins of the name "Europe" for the landmass west of Crete.
[ sale, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris , June 24, 1985, lot 38; sold to MMA ]
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