Noblesse Oblige

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This image shows the symbiosis between host and guest. The noble cow is patient with the egrets that keep her free of troublesome pests. The title Io refers to the myth of Zeus and his illicit lover Io. Zeus changed Io into a cow to keep his wife Hera from discovering the infidelity. On closer observation, the viewer might note a map of Egypt on the heiferís flank, Greece on her shoulder, and the silhouette of Io on her side.