Mirror cover with Aphrodite and a satyr
Early Hellenistic Period
about 320 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 370; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).
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.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution