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Dish with King Candaules Exhibiting His Wife Nyssia to Gyges
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Dish with King Candaules Exhibiting His Wife Nyssia to Gyges


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Description The subject is taken from the ancient historian Herodotus, who describes how King Candaules of Lydia caused his own downfall by letting Gyges see his wife, Queen Nyssia, naked. Although she did not let Candaules know, Nyssia was so outraged that she demanded that Gyges murder her husband in revenge. Here, Gyges has just been shot with one of Cupid's arrows to show that the sight of the queen made him fall in love.
Provenance William Bode [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Leopold Heineman [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Douglas H.Gordon [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, April 4, 1951, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On the center back, in blue: Mostra canda uli Ré sua / Dona à Gigio ; [Previous Collection inv. no.] No 91.
Credit Gift of Douglas H. Gordon, 1951

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ca. 1540-1550 (Renaissance)
Medium
earthenware with tin glaze (maiolica)
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.2031
Measurements
2 3/16 x 11 15/16 in. (5.5 x 30.3 cm)
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