Europa and the Bull by Eric James Mellon
A plate on the theme of Europa and the Bull.
Zeus/Jupiter was enamoured of Europa and decided to seduce her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds.
While Europa and her helpers were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus/Jupiter took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete.
The favorite bird of Zeus/Jupiter's wife, Hera, was the peacock and this motif was used on its own and also as a detail in most pieces by Mellon. The idea being that Jupiter's philandering was being observed. The dog waas a gift given to Europa by Jupiter and was made for him by Vulcan.
Stoneware with elm ash glaze.
numbered 10/24 - 2010
24 cm diameter