The greek sky god ZEUS had easy access to women
of the world and took full advantage of it. Also, his power as supreme god made
him difficult to resist. The list of his love affairs is impressive and well
documented in fine arts. Once, he had set his eye upon Europa.
Europa was the daughter of the King Agenor of
Sidon. She had a dream one night in which two continents, which were in the
forms of women, were arguing over Europa. Asia maintained that since Europa had
been born in Asia she belonged to it. The other continent, which was nameless,
said that her birth was not important, and that Zeus would give her to it.
It was early morning and Europa, disturbed by
the dream, did not go back to sleep. She summoned her companions, who were all
daughters of nobility and her age. It was a beautiful day and they went off
gathering flowers by the sea. Zeus noticed this charming group, particularly
Europa, who was the prettiest of the maidens.
Zeus appeared to the group as a white bull. A
white bull more beautiful then any other. A bull that smelled of flowers, and
moved musically. A bull so obviously gentle that all the maidens rushed to
stroke and pet it.
The bull laid down in front of Europa. She slid
on his back. Instantly, the bull
charged off, plunged into the sea, and began to swim rapidly from the shore.
Europa saw that a procesion had joined them, Nereids riding dolphins, Triton
blowing his horn, even Poseidon. From this she realized that the bull must be a
god. She pleaded with him to pity her.
Zeus spoke to her and explained his love. He
took her to Crete, where he had been raised. He promised that she would bear
him many famous sons. They included Minos I and Rhamadanthus.
Height: 30 cm, 12 inch
Edition: 50 pieces