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Terracotta fragment from the rim of a vase

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
2nd half of the 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions:
W. 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2077
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
According to myth, Zeus fell in love with Europa, the daughter of a Phoenician king, and disguised himself as a bull to carry her across the sea to Crete on his back. On Crete, Zeus made love to Europa, producing two or three children, including the legendary king of Crete, Minos. Many depictions of the myth of Europa and the bull occur in Roman times, particularly on red-glaze, sigiliata pottery such as this piece.
Gaul (central) or Britain

Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan nos. 201–2, Paris.

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