Mirror with women bathing before a statue of Aphrodite on a pillar

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean (?)
Imperial Period
A.D. 110–117

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 094; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 138.


Overall: 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.) Other: 1 x 13.3 cm (3/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze; gilt bronze, reverse silvered

Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

In the center is a large basin on a tapering pedestal. To the left, a nude woman with her hair wrapped in a cloth bends to pick up a water jar (kalpis) at the left. There are low bases or platforms below the kalpis and the basin. At the right, a nude woman with her hair pulled back tightly into a bun on the crown of her head leans on the basin with her left hand and pours oil into the basin from a bottle in her right. Behind her feet is an askos. Behind the basin is a pillar with mouldings above and below. The pillar is topped by a statue of a nude Aphrodite arranging her hair. There is a low base beneath the figures and containers.


By date unknown: with Summa Galleries, Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212; 1978: purchased from Summa Galleries, Inc. by MFA with funds donated by Dr. Ernest and Virginia Lewisohn Kahn, April 12, 1978

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Dr. Ernest and Virginia Lewisohn Kahn