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Cephalus Killing Procris

Artist:
Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582)
Date:
1533
Culture:
Italian, Urbino with Gubbio luster
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Dimensions:
Diam. 11-1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of V. Everit Macy, in memory of his wife, Edith Carpenter Macy, 1927
Accession Number:
27.97.41
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
Cephalus unwittingly killed his wife, Procris, when he threw his spear on hearing a mysterious noise in the forest.
Signature: On back, after inscription: .fra[n] Xanto. A. / Rovigiese i[n] Urbino.

Inscription: On back: • 1533 • / l'inaveduto Cephal / procri uccide. / Nel VII. libro d[e] Ouidio Met: [trans.: The careless Cephalus kills Procris. From the seventh book of Ovid's Metamorphoses.]
Ralph Bernal , London ; Sir Andrew Fountaine , Narford Hall (until 1884; his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 16–19, 1884, no. 324); Charles Testart (1924; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 24–25, 1924, no. 25; sold for 36,000 fcs. to Seligmann); [ Germain Seligman , 1924 ] ; V. Everit Macy (until 1927; to MMA)
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