Mirror

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
325–300 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 380.

Dimensions

Diameter: 15.6 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.493

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Engraved tang mirror

On the reverse of the mirror is an ovolo border with alternating V-shaped points. Within the border are two nude males. On the left is Poseidon, seated on his cloak which has been thrown over the rocks. He is filleted and holds his trident in his left hand. At the right, a youth (Glaukos) stands with a scepter (topped with a pomegranate-shaped finial) in his right hand. There are flowers growing from the rocks between the figures and between Glaukos’ legs. Tongue and chevron pattern around, and palmette below.

Green patina.

Provenance

By 1899: with E. P. Warren; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund