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Bronze mirror

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 350 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
diameter 6 3/8in. (16.2cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.221.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Peleus, Thetis, and Galene

Pele (Greek: Peleus) surprises his bride, Thethis (Greek: Thetis), who is assisted by the nereid Calaina (Greek: Galene) as she gazes into a mirror. Between Peleus and Thetis, who later became the parents of Achilles, is an engraved toiletries box with lid ajar to reveal various toilet items, including a perfume applicator and two perfume vases. The superb quality of the engraving has assured this mirror's fame.
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