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Gilded bronze mirror with the Three Graces

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Antonine
Date:
mid-2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze, silver, gold, speculum
Dimensions:
Diam.: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.11.1
  • Description

    This mirror belongs to the same group as the adjacent one with Europa and the Bull (1978.11.4). The Three Graces were eminently suitable subject matter for a toilet article such as a mirror. However, they had a wider appeal and are found represented in many different media, including Roman mosaics and sculpture. A fine example of such a sculptural group is displayed in the adjoining Roman courtyard (2010.260).

  • References

    Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1988. "The Three Graces on a Roman Relief Mirror." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 23: no. 1, pp. 69-71, 77, 8, figs. 1, 2.

    Treister, Michail Ju and Miron I. Zolotarev. 1993. "Moulds for Casting of Matrices for Roman Relief Mirrors from Chersonessus." Bronces y Religion Romana: Actas del XI Congresso Internacional de Bronces Antiguos, Madrid, Mayo-Junio 1990., Javier Arce and Fabienne Burkhalter, eds. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, p. 439, fig. 10.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 436, pp. 375, 491.

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