Mirror with women bathing before a statue of Aphrodite on a pillar
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean (?)
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.)
Medium or Technique
Bronze; gilt bronze, reverse silvered
Not On View
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
Museum purchase with funds donated by Dr. Ernest and Virginia Lewisohn Kahn