Mirror

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
about 300 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 379.

Dimensions

Length: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.), Diameter: 17 cm (6 11/16 in)

Accession Number

96.715

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Engraved tang mirror

On the reverse of the mirror

On the extension, at the base of a lotus-bud wreath, is a nude figure who appears to be stepping upward to the left. It may be Eros.

On the medallion are three human figures. The central figure is a partly draped woman with high sandals and a diadem. She is attended by a youth who holds his cloak in the right hand and throws the left end about the female. A winged, diademed, partly draped Lasa stands at the right. Fishes below suggest this scene is taking place on a beach and is the birth of Aphrodite (Etruscan, Turan). An acanthus scroll fills the tondo at the left, and there is a small scroll at the lower right.

Muddy greenish patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From collection of Fanello Fanelli of Sarteano.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund