Mirror with Minerva, Venus, and Juno

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 100–200


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 400A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Diameter: 16.4 cm (6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

69.71

Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze

On View

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

The scene likely represents the Judgement of Paris. Athena, Hera (?) and Aphrodite are seen in a landscape setting. At left, Athena, in helmet and chiton, holds her spear and leans against her shield and aegis. In the middle, a goddess (Hera?), nude from the waist up, is seated on steps before an altar and holds a kalathos (basket) and a sprig of pomegranates (?). At right, Aphrodite, holding an apple, rests her left arm against a pillar. Behind Athena, an owl sits atop the rocks, as a scorpion ascends. In the area below the groundline are two birds pecking at a basket of fruit are flanked by a torch and a mirror. Rolled fillets and an egg-and-dart molding enframe the scene. Extensive remains of gilding. Rim of the lower half is broken off. The backing with the reliefs has been mounted on a disc which has a polished outer surface.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., May 14, 1969

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour