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Wine jug (one of a pair)

ca. 1680
French, Nevers
Faience (tin-glazed earthenware)
Height: 22 1/16 in. (56 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, Gift of Irwin Untermyer, by exchange, Rogers Fund, and Bequest of John L. Cadwalader, by exchange, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 531
This jug and its mate (1985.181.1) are decorated with scenes from classical mythology. Here, Mercury, commanded by the goddess Hera, prepares to behead Argus, the hundred-eyed guardian of Io, a maiden beloved of Zeus, Hera's husband.
[ sale, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris , June 24, 1985, lot no. 38; sold to MMA ]
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