Child's sarcophagus and lid made of Proconnesian marble: the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche.

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1805,0703.132

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Child's sarcophagus and lid made of Proconnesian marble: the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche.

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  • Child's sarcophagus and lid made of greyish Proconnesian marble with blue bands: the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche.    Cupid and Psyche embrace upon a kline with high ends. The couple are attended by a diminutive winged cupid who holds a dove. Beneath the kline another small wingless cupid teases a hare with a bunch of fruit. Beside the hare is a table, on which lies a fish.  Three attendant figures flank each side of the central group: four are cupids, and two are psyches, each dressed and coiffed as the pair on the kline. A winged cupid bears fruit tucked into the front fold of his cloak; a wingless female figure bears a jug and, pace Smith, not a thyrsus but most likely a long-handled dish, the vessels being intended for hand-washing before the meal. In front of her is a cockerel. At the foot of the bed sits a winged female figure, her cloak spread on a high-backed wicker chair. She plays a pandurium. To the right of the kline a wingless cupid plays a lyre with a plectrum. His left foot rests on a rock, in front of which struts a long-tailed bird, possibly a peacock. Next comes a winged cupid bearing in his right hand a long garland and in his left a cornucopia. Another follows carrying a hare in both hands. The scene is framed at each end by trees. The back of the sarcophagus is undecorated.

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  • Study of the relief of a sarcophagus depicting the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche (BM Cat. Sculpture 2320); whole front view  Black chalk

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  • Study of the relief of a sarcophagus depicting the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche (BM Cat. Sculpture 2320); whole front view  Graphite

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  • Townley-"Bronzes & Sculptures".

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  • Child's sarcophagus and lid made of greyish Proconnesian marble with blue bands: the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche.  Cupid and Psyche embrace upon a kline with high ends. The couple are attended by a diminutive winged cupid who holds a dove. Beneath the kline another small wingless cupid teases a hare with a bunch of fruit. Beside the hare is a table, on which lies a fish. Three attendant figures flank each side of the central group: four are cupids, and two are psyches, each dressed and coiffed as the pair on the kline. A winged cupid bears fruit tucked into the front fold of his cloak; a wingless female figure bears a jug and, pace Smith, not a thyrsus but most likely a long-handled dish, the vessels being intended for hand-washing before the meal. In front of her is a cockerel. At the foot of the bed sits a winged female figure, her cloak spread on a high-backed wicker chair. She plays a pandurium. To the right of the kline a wingless cupid plays a lyre with a plectrum. His … (See Merlin record for full description)

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  • Child's sarcophagus and lid made of greyish Proconnesian marble with blue bands: the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche.  Cupid and Psyche embrace upon a kline with high ends. The couple are attended by a diminutive winged cupid who holds a dove. Beneath the kline another small wingless cupid teases a hare with a bunch of fruit. Beside the hare is a table, on which lies a fish. Three attendant figures flank each side of the central group: four are cupids, and two are psyches, each dressed and coiffed as the pair on the kline. A winged cupid bears fruit tucked into the front fold of his cloak; a wingless female figure bears a jug and, pace Smith, not a thyrsus but most likely a long-handled dish, the vessels being intended for hand-washing before the meal. In front of her is a cockerel. At the foot of the bed sits a winged female figure, her cloak spread on a high-backed wicker chair. She plays a pandurium. To the right of the kline a wingless cupid plays a lyre with a plectrum. His … (See Merlin record for full description)

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  • Child's sarcophagus and lid made of greyish Proconnesian marble with blue bands: the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche.  Cupid and Psyche embrace upon a kline with high ends. The couple are attended by a diminutive winged cupid who holds a dove. Beneath the kline another small wingless cupid teases a hare with a bunch of fruit. Beside the hare is a table, on which lies a fish. Three attendant figures flank each side of the central group: four are cupids, and two are psyches, each dressed and coiffed as the pair on the kline. A winged cupid bears fruit tucked into the front fold of his cloak; a wingless female figure bears a jug and, pace Smith, not a thyrsus but most likely a long-handled dish, the vessels being intended for hand-washing before the meal. In front of her is a cockerel. At the foot of the bed sits a winged female figure, her cloak spread on a high-backed wicker chair. She plays a pandurium. To the right of the kline a wingless cupid plays a lyre with a plectrum. His … (See Merlin record for full description)

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  • Child's sarcophagus and lid made of greyish Proconnesian marble with blue bands: the marriage feast of Cupid and Psyche.  Cupid and Psyche embrace upon a kline with high ends. The couple are attended by a diminutive winged cupid who holds a dove. Beneath the kline another small wingless cupid teases a hare with a bunch of fruit. Beside the hare is a table, on which lies a fish. Three attendant figures flank each side of the central group: four are cupids, and two are psyches, each dressed and coiffed as the pair on the kline. A winged cupid bears fruit tucked into the front fold of his cloak; a wingless female figure bears a jug and, pace Smith, not a thyrsus but most likely a long-handled dish, the vessels being intended for hand-washing before the meal. In front of her is a cockerel. At the foot of the bed sits a winged female figure, her cloak spread on a high-backed wicker chair. She plays a pandurium. To the right of the kline a wingless cupid plays a lyre with a plectrum. His … (See Merlin record for full description)

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