Description This pair of salt cellars is decorated with the popular tale of Actaeon from "The Metamorphoses" by the Roman poet Ovid (43 BC-AD 17). Actaeon, a young hunter, accidentally sees the goddess Diana bathing. She notices the young hunter and, in a rage, transforms him into a stag. Actaeon's hunting dogs do not recognize him and kill him. The moral of this story was that it is possible to sin unintentionally.
Provenance Frederic Spitzer [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, April 17, 1893, lot 519-20; Jacques Seligmann, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1902
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