Rare and important Chinese export porcelain plaques decorated in sepia showing in fine detail the myth of Io, c.1815
Io was, in Greek mythology, a priestess of Hera in Argos, a nymph who was seduced by Zeus, who changed her into a heifer to escape detection. His wife Hera sent ever-watchful Argus Panoptes, with 100 eyes, to watch her, but Hermes was sent to distract the guardian and slay him. Heifer Io was loosed to roam the world, stung by a maddening gadfly sent by Hera, and wandered to Egypt, thus placing her descendant Belus in Egypt, his sons Cadmus (Cadmus was also named as a son of Belus’ brother Agenor) and Danaus would then “return” to mainland Greece.
Housed in original English frames.
Frames: 10.5″ x 9.25″
Plaque sight: 5.75″ x 4.5″