Mirror cover with Aphrodite and a satyr

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
about 320 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 370; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.) Other: 20.3 x 20.3 x 2.9 cm (8 x 8 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7494b

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Cover separated from mirror (01.7494b) and handle (01.7494c). On the cover, Aphrodite leans on a pillar and offers a stick to a goose at her right side. A satyr whose facial features are close to Hellenistic portraits, particularly philosopher types, (typical of the luxury arts of this period) sits on a panther-skin on a rock near a tree. From the left a small Eros flies toward Aphrodite. Portions of all the figures on the case are missing. Dark green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in England from a Greek dealer. I heard of it subsequently in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution