Mirror cover with female head in profile

Greek
Late Classical Period
about 350 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 372; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Diameter: 16.2 cm (6 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

03.992b

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Cover for a mirror (03.992a). A large female head is in relief, profile to the left; the hair is done up in a hair net (sakkos) and drapery covers the shoulders. A bit of the lead with which the relief was attached remains; the original color and brilliant polish of the bronze are in part preserved. There is a hole just above the knot at the back of the sakkos. Crusty green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought in London; said to come from Asia Minor or the islands off its coast); March 24, 1903: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900