Son of Venus, the goddess of Beauty, Cupid is the god of Love. He is represented as a chubby winged child carrying a bow and small arrows which stings in the hearts of humans arouse passion.
Whilst his blunt-head arrows, made of reed and lead, drive away Love, his gleaming gold arrows, soaked in a magic Love potion, kindles passion in humans.
Cupid became however a victim of his own weapons, for he fell in love with Psyche, the too curious princess.
Despite Venus?s strict prohibition, Psyche opened the casket containing a flask of waters of youth and was immediately plunged into a deadly sleep.
By pricking her with one of his arrows, Cupid awoke Psyche and obtained from Jupiter that he would recognize their marriage.