Mirror with three cupids with garlands and fruits

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Imperial Period
about A.D. 200


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 096.

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1988.232

Medium or Technique

Bronze, with silver and gilding

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Bronze, silver face, repoussé back with scene in rolled fillet molding. Three Erotes in cloaks trip to right beneath a garland. Left in figure pours libation from oinochoe, holds thyros; center figure, winged, supports figure on right who holds wreath and reversed torch. Below groundline, ears of wheat and ivy leaves or fruits. Black and brown patina on back, some gilding remains; some polish on face, some corrosion. Some crumbling at edges of rim restoration.

Provenance

By date unknown: Joseph Ternbach Collection (A Glimpse into the Past: The Joseph Ternbach Collection, Jerusalem, Israel Museum, 1981-1982, no. 162: said to be from Anatolia); by 1987: with Sotheby's, 1334 York Avenue, New York 10021 (auction, November 24, 1987, lot 168); purchased by MFA at Sotheby's auction, November 24, 1987 and accessioned April 27, 1988

Credit Line

Gift of Esther D. Anderson, Nancy A. Claflin, Suzanne R. Dworsky, and Josephine L. Murray