Cupids or genii playing games. Above, a cupid holding the mask of Mormolyce, a Greek phantom, frightens two other cupids. Below, two cupids play at carpentry or joinery, with saw, hammer, bench and toolbox. Copperplate engraved by Tommaso Piroli from his own "Antichita di Ercolano" (Antiquities of Herculaneum), Rome, 1789. Italian artist and engraver Piroli (1752-1824) published six volumes between 1789 and 1807 documenting the murals and bronzes found in Heraculaneum and Pompeii.
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