Mirror handle, upper part

Greek
Late Archaic Period
500–475 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 357; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

01.7523

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

A Siren with wings outspread stands amid supporting volutes at the upper part of the mirror handle. The back of the handle, where it joined the mirror, is in the form of a palmette. The late archaic face of the Siren is molded in a good Sikyonian or Corinthian style.
The tang for insertion in the handle proper (wood or bone) is smooth. Much corroded. Green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution