Mirror cover with Dionysos battling a giant

Greek
Late Classical Period
about 330–320 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Corinthia, Corinth

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 362; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Diameter: 17.02 cm (6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.673b

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Cover separated from mirror (98.673a). On the cover, Dionysos in battle with a giant, who is falling against his shield in a rocky landscape. Dionysos reaches toward the giant’s hair with his left hand and was probably hurling a thunderbolt with the right. Below the group, a rosette, to which a ring-handle was once attached but is missing. The cover is repaired and slightly restored.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: seen at Corinth. Provenience not stated: probably Elis); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund