Description This tazza depicts a scene from the story of Cupid and Psyche by the Roman writer Lucius Apulius (ca. 123-ca 170). Psyche, a king’s daughter, is so beautiful that all who see her sense something divine in her features and accord her the honors due the goddess Venus. When Venus hears of this she is outraged and accuses Psyche of impiety. She instructs her son Cupid, god of love, to make Psyche fall in love with someone who will bring her sorrow.
Provenance Andrew Fountaine, Narford Hall, Norfolk, England [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, London, June 16, 1884, lot 126; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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