Paris was the son of Priam, King of Troy, but he was left to die on Mount Ida at his birth because it was foretold that he would cause the destruction of the city of Troy. Raised by shepherds, he was later to marry Oenone, daughter of a river god. At the wedding, Eris, goddess of strife, threw down a golden apple inscribed 'To the fairest' and it fell to Paris to choose between Juno, Minerva and Venus. Eventually he chose Venus, who promised him the love of any woman he desired, and praised the beauty of the daughter of the King of Sparta, Helen. His later abduction of Helen would spark the Trojan war and fulfill the prophecy made at his birth.
These beautifully carved architectural elements combine each of the main figures from the Judgement with scrolls and masks which show the influence of auricular silver. They may originally have functioned as part of an elaborate bannister or other architectural ensemble.