Mirror cover exterior with Eros and seated Aphrodite

Early Hellenistic Period
280–270 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy (possibly made at), Apulia, Taranto

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 368; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).


Overall: 11.7 x 10.3 cm (4 5/8 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silvered bronze

On View

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Separated from Inside (01.7514a). On the cover of the mirror, Aphrodite, clad in a chiton and ample himation, is seated to the left on a rock. Eros, clad in a small chlamys, flies down from the left to embrace her. At Aphrodite’s feet, a goose, and, just below, the ring-handle. A piece from the edge of the case is missing. Patina in part pale green.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens: once in Corinth [1897].); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution