Mirror with Aphrodite and Adonis

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
400–350 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 389; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).


Overall: 21.6 x 18.4 x 0.8 cm (8 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

On the back, a diademed youth sits to the right in an acanthus calyx. A fully clad female advances from the right and grasps him by the left hand, while drawing his himation, held over his head, with the right hand. The handle has been broken off near the end. Light green areas of corrosion and brown (cleaned) surface.


By date unknown: with N. Koutoulakis, 4 Rue L'Echelle, Paris, France; March 1960: purchased from N. Koutoulakis by Spink and Son, Ltd., 5, 6, & 7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W.; by late May or early June 1960: purchased by Horace L. Mayer from Spink and Son, Ltd.; loaned by Horace L. Mayer to MFA, June 8, 1960 (as 57.60); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer