Mirror with handle

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 480 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 359.

Dimensions

Height: 32.8 cm (12 15/16 in.); diameter of disc 17.9 cm

Accession Number

62.1189

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

At the end of the handle, a seated lion; at the joint with the disc, a crouching boar. Somewhat smoothed by wear. Brown-black patina.
Similar mirrors have been excavated on the northern shores of the Black Sea. The crouching animals suggest influence from Scythian art.

Provenance

By date unknown: said to be from the Kertsch peninsula, South Russia; formerly in the possession of A. Arslanian, Hamburg; by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Schimmel Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Schimmel to MFA, December 12, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Schimmel