Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bronze support for a mirror

Period:
Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Locrian ?
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 7/16 x 3 3/4in. (13.9 x 9.5cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1958
Accession Number:
58.11.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
The mirror disk fit into the curved surface above; the tang below was inserted into a handle made of ivory, bone, or wood. Eros was a popular decorative motif on ancient Greek mirrors, and his presence emphasized the association between comeliness and erotic love.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Newly Acquired Bronzes–Greek, Etruscan, and Roman." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 19(5): pp. 144, 148, fig. 17.

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