Cupid’s gold and lead arrows



Lead-safety Message: Bronwen Wickkiser says that in Ovid’s version of the myth, Cupid’s shiny, sharp, golden arrow arouses desire, but his dull lead arrow blunts desire and slows the limbs – lead being used by the Greeks and Romans to prevent pregnancy, in magical bindings, and the metal of choice for curse tablets and sling bullets.Lead, primarily in the form of lead carbonate, featured as an ingredient in some Greek and Roman therapies to prevent pregnancy. Lead, primarily in the form of lead carbonate, featured asan ingredient in some Greek and Roman therapies to prevent pregnancy.

Artists: Elizabeth O’Brien

Description of Work: Cut paper and alfoil snack wraps on cardboard under clear plastic.

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