Statues - Hither & Thither

Sweden
Halmstad
Halland

Stora Torg

Europa och Tjuren

Europa and the Bull

Carl Milles
1926

Halmstad /  Europa och Tjuren   Halmstad /  Europa och Tjuren

Description

Fountain with in the center a bronze sculpture of Europa and the bull surrounded by four tritons.

Inscription(s)

glasgrön bölja
moder hav
dig en hyllning
halmstad gav
i sten och brons
av milles hand
den liv har fatt
a.d. mdcccxxvi
j. jacobsson donavit

Europa and the Bull

In Greek mythology Europa was a Phoenician woman of high lineage, from whom the name of the continent Europe has ultimately been taken. Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus 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 (Wikipedia).

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 56°40'26" E 12°51'26"

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