Mirror stand

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 490 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 353; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 22.4 cm (8 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7483

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Caryatid Mirror Stand in the form of a female (Aphrodite?) who stands on a concave base. She wears an Ionic chiton with concealed belt. She holds the edge of her garment in the left hand and raises a small round object in her right hand (an apple?). A fillet or diadem around her crown is enriched with three floral rosettes. The diadem forms a transition to the attachment for the mirror springing out of the top of the head. The mirror was attached to the support ending in tendrils with a paddle-shaped brace.

Scholars attribute this stand to an Attic workshop
Caryatid mirror stands developed in Greece may be derived from Egyptian or Near Eastern prototypes.

Condition: Dark green patina, with some light green and cleaned corrosion.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From a Greek dealer in London, who probably had it from Paris); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution