Mirror with Aphrodite and Adonis

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
400–350 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 389; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 21.6 x 18.4 x 0.8 cm (8 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.1258

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

On the back, a diademed youth sits to the right in an acanthus calyx. A fully clad female advances from the right and grasps him by the left hand, while drawing his himation, held over his head, with the right hand. The handle has been broken off near the end. Light green areas of corrosion and brown (cleaned) surface.

Provenance

By date unknown: with N. Koutoulakis, 4 Rue L'Echelle, Paris, France; March 1960: purchased from N. Koutoulakis by Spink and Son, Ltd., 5, 6, & 7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W.; by late May or early June 1960: purchased by Horace L. Mayer from Spink and Son, Ltd.; loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA, June 8, 1960 (as 57.60); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer