Psyche was a beautiful mortal princess, so lovely that she eclipsed Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. When other mortals began worshipping her instead of Venus, Venus became jealous and sent her son, Cupid, to make Psyche fall in love with a horrible monster. However, when Cupid first saw her, he couldn’t follow his mother’s instructions. He pricked himself with one of his enchanted arrows and fell deeply in love with her.
To protect her from his mother, Cupid hid Psyche in a beautiful palace where all her needs were taken care of by invisible servants. He visited her only at night and forbade her to look at him, convincing her he was a beast. However, her jealous sisters convinced Psyche to disobey and brought a candle to their bed so she could see him – and saw the most handsome being she had ever seen. A drop of wax fell on his shoulder and Cupid awoke. In his anger at her disobedience he made the palace disappear and left Psyche.
Psyche looked for Cupid but couldn’t find him. Finally, she asked Venus where he was. Venus said she would tell Psyche only if she passed a number of seemingly impossible tests. For the love she felt for Cupid, Psyche accomplished them. By now, Cupid found out how his mother had been treating Psyche. He entreated the gods to make her a goddess so that they could marry as equals and have peace from Venus. They agree, and Cupid and Psyche were married and had a daughter, whose name was Pleasure.
(Height: 22.5 cm)
(Material: Porcelain, Clay, Ceramic Composite)