Exterior of mirror cover with Thetis riding a hippocamp

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
300–290 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece (probably), Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 366; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Diameter: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.672c

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

The relief decoration is detached from the outside of the mirror cover (98.672b). The relief and cover are separated from the mirror and handle (98.672a). Thetis, half-draped, rides to the right on a hippocamp, with scaly tail. She is holding a muscled cuirass with circular and long pteryges. Stylized waves appear below. Thetis and the hippocamp are presented in a late, slightly rough version of the Timothean sculptural style, as documented at Epidaurus. The cover and its relief have been repaired and slightly restored.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: said to have been found in Corinth); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund