Condition: New, Handmade in Greece Diameter: 23 cm - 9,1 inches Weight: 500 g Material: clay, paint, ceramic, terracotta
After Leto, Zeus found a lover who put him in seventh heaven. For this lover, his seventh, was the one he chose to marry: his sister Hera. When he began courting her?in secret, so that his mother would not find out?Hera, who no doubt knew that Zeus had already had six different lovers, spurned his romantic overtures. Zeus realized he needed another approach. So he appeared to her in the guise of a bedraggled, rain-soaked cuckoo. Hera saw the poor bird and kindly brought him into the shelter of her bosom to warm and dry him. Zeus immediately returned to his true form and?true to form, indeed?ravished her. He thus shamed Hera into marrying him. The first wedding of Olympians was no small occasion. All the gods and goddesses attended, bringing with them marvelous gifts. Gaia presented her granddaughter, Hera, with a wondrous tree. Hera planted this tree, richly hung with Golden Apples, in her garden under the care of the Hesperides, nymphs who were daughters of the Night (Nyx). Hera and Zeus had a glorious wedding night?one that lasted 300 years. Zeus and Hera had three children together: Ares, the god of war; Hebe, a perpetually youthful beauty; and Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth.