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The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche

Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (1759–present)
Factory owner:
Period of Josiah Wedgwood (British, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent 1730–1795 Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent)
ca. 1780–1800
British, Etruria, Staffordshire
2 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (7 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
The eighteenth century's most admired and widely replicated ancient cameo, called the "Marlborough Cameo" after the collection it then belonged to, enacts an initiation rite involving two curiously veiled children, traditionally identified as Cupid and Psyche. This is Wedgwood's blue-andwhite takeoff on the original brown-hued sardonyx in Boston, which is signed by the Greek carver, "Tryphon."
Inscription: On back in ink: A-5-aa

On back in pencil: 226

Marking: Impressed on reverse: [1] WEDGWOOD; [2] sun
George D. Pratt (until 1935; bequeathed to MMA)
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