Mirror with Herakles dragging Geras by his hair

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 300–275 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 383; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).


Diameter: 14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Engraved tang mirror

On the reverse of the mirror, within a cable border, Herakles, nude with sword and cloak, strides to the right and drags fallen Geras (a grotesque older man) by the hair. Only Geras’ head, right arm and right portion of his chest can be seen.

The handle is missing. Pale green patina.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bourguignon); purchased by MFA from Edward PerryWarren, December 1901, for $ 50,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.7467-01.8199, 01.8201-01.8238, 01.8240-01.8335, and 01.8476)

Provenance said to be Orvieto (R. D. De Puma, CSE, USA 2, pp. 23, 33-34 (no. 11), 110-115, figs. 11a-f)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution