Mirror stand

Greek
Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 354; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7499

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Caryatid Mirror stand; female figure stands on a folding stool (okladias) with equinine legs. Female clad in a Doric chiton with overfold, extends her right hand (missing an apple or dove typically held by the caryatid figurines) and holds the edge of her garment with her left. The attachment for the mirror consists of two tendrils ending in volutes. Style attributed to “Sikyonian” workshop

Caryatid mirror stands developed in Greece may be derived from Egyptian or Near Eastern prototypes.

Condition: Surface good, cleaned. Some corrosion visible over figure. Dark green and olive, with light green patina on the front. Bright green patina on the reverse. The stool, with deep blue patina, has been reattached.

Provenance

By date unknown: W. H. Forman Collection; by 1899: with Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, Part I, June 19- 22, 1899, lot 67); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution