Interior of mirror cover with Eros riding a dolphin

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

98.672b

Medium or Technique

Silvered bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

The relief decoration is detached from the outside of the cover (see 98.672c). Relief and cover are separated from mirror (98.672a). On the inside of the cover, incised, an adolescent Eros with wings rides to the left on a dolphin; he wears a bracelet on each wrist. Stylized waves surround the scene. The Eros and his dolphin were incised by a goldsmith. The figures of the interior design were silvered. 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