Mirror and stand in the form of a female figure, possibly Aphrodite

Greek
Classical Period
about 460 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 355; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 41 x 19.5 x 9 cm (16 1/8 x 7 11/16 x 3 9/16 in.) Other (Attached mount): 1 x 11 cm (3/8 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.667

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Virtually complete caryatid mirror. Aphrodite stands with spread feet on a convex base with vertical fluting and three feline legs. She wears a Doric chiton the skirt of which she raises with her left hand; she extends a dove (attached by small solder point) in her right hand. Two winged Erotes fly above her head; they are attached to the volutes at the base of the mirror On the edge of the disc are separately cast and soldered attachments: hare pursued by two (third one missing) foxes; at top, a peg with turned tip.

Attributed to Corinthian or Sikyonian workshop. Caryatid mirror stands developed in Greece may be derived from Egyptian or Near Eastern prototypes.

Condition: Surface is in good condition with few depostis. Losses on the edges of Erotes’ wings. Aphrodite’s right arm
One fox on the rim is missing. Light green patina, with earth encrustation.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (without provenance in his records); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund