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#1462: Sarcophagus of Psyche

Photo 1462: Sarcophagus of Psyche - Museum of Ancient Arles

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Photo ID
1462
Credit
Title
Sarcophagus of Psyche
Caption
Sarcophagus of Psyche, from Alyscamps, marble, end of 2nd century. Psyche appears on the right, draped in cloth and with butterfly wings (psyche in Greek means both soul and butterfly). She is conducted by Cupid towards the left side of the sarcophagus, where two winged cupids wait. The seated one holds a torch downward, symbolizing death, and the other stands, holding a garland. In this context Psyche is less the mortal girl loved by Cupid than the symbol of the soul of the deceased, escaping the body after death like a butterfly leaves its cocoon. Musee de l'Arles Antique, Arles, France.
Geotag
43.672590° N, 4.616404° E
Uploaded
November 16, 2009
Camera
Canon EOS 40D
ISO
400