Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
about 300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 379.


Length: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.), Diameter: 17 cm (6 11/16 in)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Engraved tang mirror

On the reverse of the mirror

On the extension, at the base of a lotus-bud wreath, is a nude figure who appears to be stepping upward to the left. It may be Eros.

On the medallion are three human figures. The central figure is a partly draped woman with high sandals and a diadem. She is attended by a youth who holds his cloak in the right hand and throws the left end about the female. A winged, diademed, partly draped Lasa stands at the right. Fishes below suggest this scene is taking place on a beach and is the birth of Aphrodite (Etruscan, Turan). An acanthus scroll fills the tondo at the left, and there is a small scroll at the lower right.

Muddy greenish patina.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From collection of Fanello Fanelli of Sarteano.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund