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Cephalus Killing Procris

Artist:
Painted by Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582)
Date:
1533
Culture:
Italian, Urbino (lustred in Gubbio)
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
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.)
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)
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