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.

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1978.158

Medium or Technique

Bronze; gilt bronze, reverse silvered

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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