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Depicting cupid riding a lion his bow and arrows beneath the lion’s paws
An old inscription in ink to the reverse ‘… Brustolon… Il Zanaeno Venezia 1679’
17th Century / Circa 1679
Size: 16.5cm high, 13.5cm wide – 6½ ins high, 5¼ ins wide
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 3, item no. 72, for a 17th century French carved ebony plaque depicting Neptune and Sea Nymphs
Always identified by his familiar bow and arrows, Cupid in antiquity was thought of as a beautiful, but wanton boy with a quiver full of ‘arrowed desires’. Depicted confidently riding upon a lion that he is leading with a loose rein, the scene is an allegory for ‘love tames all’.