Mirror

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
about 400 B.C. (?)


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 386; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Diameter: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

08.253

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

On the back, Apollo stands to the right, holding a laurel-topped staff. A small satyr, seated on a rock at the left, is playing double flutes. At the right, Dionysos leans back from his thyrsos to embrace a wreathed, richly clad Semele who leans over him. Apollo, Dionysos and the satyr wear necklaces with bullae suspended from the bands. A thin line and a wreath of leaves and berries encircle the composition. Dark, olive green patina with some areas of light green corrosion and brown (cleaned) surface.

Provenance

Alfred Greenough Collection.

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles H. Parker