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Herend Leda and the Swan

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Herend Figurine Leda and the Swan numbered 5730. This is a Lovely Deco Style Porcelain Figure by HEREND HUNGARY. It is LEDA and the SWAN. It is primarily white with subtle accent colors.

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This is a hand painted piece. It is marked on the bottom and has some numbers:5730-0-00/c and under that: 8 7 99. It is also Incised HEREND with a number that looks like 1930 with a 7 under that. The figure is in excellent condition. No chips, cracks or repairs.

Height: 3.9 inch
Length: 1.37 inch
Width: 1.79 inch
Weight: 1.41 oz
Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces, or rapes, Leda. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. In the W.B. Yeats version, it is subtly suggested that Clytemnestra, although being the daughter of Tyndareus, has somehow been traumatized by what the swan has done to her mother. According to many versions of the story, Zeus took the form of a swan and raped or seduced Leda on the same night she slept with her husband King Tyndareus. In some versions, she laid two eggs from which the children hatched. In other versions, Helen is a daughter of Nemesis, the goddess who personified the disaster that awaited those suffering from the pride of Hubris.

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