Mirror with Minerva, Venus, and Juno
about A.D. 100–200
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 400A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).
Diameter: 16.4 cm (6 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
The scene may be part of the Judgement of Paris. Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera (?) are seen in a landscape setting. Athena, in helmet and chiton, holds her spear and rests against shield and aegis. A nude goddess (Hera?) sits on the former on the balustrade of the steps (an altar?) where Aphrodite sits. Aphrodite, holding a sprig of pomegranates (?) has a kalathos on her left arm, who rests her left arm against a pillar. Behind Athena, an owl sits on the rocks. In the area below the groundline are two birds flanked by a torch and a mirror. Rolled fillets and an egg-and-dart molding enframe the scene. Extensive remains of gilding. Rim of the lower half is broken off. The backing with the reliefs has been mounted on a disc which has a polished outer surface.
A scorpion crawls toward Athena’s owl. Below the ground line are a mirror, a basket of fruit, and a torch.
By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., May 14, 1969
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour