Mirror with Minerva, Venus, and Juno

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 100–200


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 400A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Diameter: 16.4 cm (6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

69.71

Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

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.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., May 14, 1969

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour