Mirror with Athena (left) and Ajax about to commit suicide

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
380–360 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 381; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).


Diameter: 15.2 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Engraved and inscribed tang mirror

On the reverse of the mirror is a border of leaf clusters, possibly olive or laurel. On the medallion is Minerva (Athena). She wears a crested helmet, aegis and peplos, and is standing with spear vertically in her left hand. She gestures to the other figure. At the right, is a partly nude, bearded man identified by the inscription as Telamonian Ajax. He kneels in cloak and scabbard and is about to plunge a sword into his stomach.
Lyre-form volutes below.

Patina green and lustrous.


Inscriptions identify Minerva and Telamonian Ajax


By 1897: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.1897 apparently); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund