Mirror and stand in the form of a female figure, possibly Aphrodite
about 460 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 355; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).
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.)
Medium or Technique
Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
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.
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund