Mirror handle, upper part
Late Archaic Period
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 357; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).
Height: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
A Siren with wings outspread stands amid supporting volutes at the upper part of the mirror handle. The back of the handle, where it joined the mirror, is in the form of a palmette. The late archaic face of the Siren is molded in a good Sikyonian or Corinthian style.
The tang for insertion in the handle proper (wood or bone) is smooth. Much corroded. Green patina.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December, 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution