Wine jug (one of a pair)

French, Nevers

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.

Wine jug (one of a pair), Faience (tin-glazed earthenware), French, Nevers

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