Mirror

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
about 300 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 395; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.2888

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Four figures stand before a temple with three Aeolic columns. All were once identified by inscriptions. Only partial inscriptions survive. The second figure from the right is identified as Minerva (Athena), with her helmet and owl. The female figure on the left is most likely Turan (Aphrodite), who is nude with a lot of jewelry. The third female, on the far right, may be Phersipnei (Persephone). She is nearly nude, but wears jewelry and a diadem. The male figure, bearded, and leaning on a staff, may be Rhadamanthys, a judge in the Underworld. A winged creature, resembling a demon, fills much of the exergue below. Analogies indicate it was probably standing. Heavily corroded. The handle is missing. A piece has been broken off the mirror at the edge. Crusty green patina.

Provenance

About 1879, discovered on property belonging to the Count Lucioli, Chiusi, Italy (one of a group of objects said to have been found together in a tomb near Chiusi, probably in the Colle Lucioli just east of Chiusi, MFA 13.2860-13.2901). By 1913: with Raoul Tolentino, 57 Via Sistina, Rome; purchased by MFA from Raoul Tolentino, November 6, 1913

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912