Late Archaic Period
about 490 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 353; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).
Height: 22.4 cm (8 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)
Caryatid Mirror Stand in the form of a female (Aphrodite?) who stands on a concave base. She wears an Ionic chiton with concealed belt. She holds the edge of her garment in the left hand and raises a small round object in her right hand (an apple?). A fillet or diadem around her crown is enriched with three floral rosettes. The diadem forms a transition to the attachment for the mirror springing out of the top of the head. The mirror was attached to the support ending in tendrils with a paddle-shaped brace.
Scholars attribute this stand to an Attic workshop
Caryatid mirror stands developed in Greece may be derived from Egyptian or Near Eastern prototypes.
Condition: Dark green patina, with some light green and cleaned corrosion.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From a Greek dealer in London, who probably had it from Paris); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution