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Ref  RD5    Europa's Bull

A fine coral carving, circa 1840, set to a later high carat gold pendant mount. The carving depicts Zeus in the guise of a bull, bedecked with flowers by Europa. According to Greek mythology, Zeus became infatuated with the striking beauty of a Phoenician maiden, Europa. In order to avoid the anger of his jealous wife Hera and to seduce the girl, Zeus metamorphosed into a bull. Whilst the young maiden and her attendants were on the shore gathering flowers, Europa saw the bull, whose behaviour was compliant and gentle. She caressed him, bedecked him with flowers and eventually climbed onto his back. Zeus seized the opportunity to abduct Europa and carry her off across the sea to the island of Crete. The pendant is 1 and 2/3 inches long including pendant bale, 3/4 of an inch wide at its widest point and 2/3 of an inch tall. Very fine carving, immaculate condition.

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