Purchase, The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, Gift of Irwin Untermyer by exchange, Rogers Fund and John L. Caldwalader, by exchange, 1985
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 ]