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Terracotta statuette of Europa on the bull

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1923
Accession Number:
23.73.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
When Zeus, the chief of the gods, saw the Phoenician princess Europa playing near the shore, he transformed himself into a gentle bull and enticed her onto his back. He then carried her off to the island of Crete where she bore him a son, Minos, the legendary future king of Crete.
M.E.P. 1923. "Greek Terracottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(9): p. 212.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 142, fig. 100, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 142, fig. 100, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 79, 220, pl. 60d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: n. 17 [p. 8].

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