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 ; Sir Andrew Fountaine , Narford Hall (until 1884; Andrew Fountaine collection sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 16–19, 1884, no. 324); Charles Testart (until 1924; sale, Catalogue des faiences italiennes... composant la collection de Feu m. Charles Testart, June 24–25, 1924, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, no. 25; to Seligmann); [ Germain Seligman (in 1924) ] ; V. Everit Macy (until 1927; to MMA)