Bronze mirror with a support in the form of a draped woman
mid-5th century B.C.
H. 12 5/8", Diameter 5 3/8"
Gift of the family of Thomas A. Spears, in his memory, 2011
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The figure that forms the handle of this mirror once held a dove, a bird sacred to the goddess Aphrodite. On either side of her is an Eros in flight. The hares that run around the mirror disk originally were pursued by hounds, and a siren probably sat on the top. Mirrors such as this one,
produced by a small number of bronze workshops in the Peloponnese in the mid-fifth century B.C., are among the earliest examples of the duplication of Eros in art.
[Prior to 1990, reportedly with Heidi Vollmoeller, Galerie Heidi Vollmoeller, Zurich, Switzerland]; purchased by Athanasios Ghertsos, Greek Consul in Zurich, from Galerie Heidi Vollmoeller; ca. 1990, purchased by Frieda Tchacos Nussberger from Athanasios Ghertsos; [ca. 1990-1993, with Frieda Tchacos Nussberger, Gallerie Nefer, Zurich]; 1993, purchased by Thomas A. and Colette Spears from Frieda Tchacos Nussberger; 1993-2011, collection of Thomas A. and Colette Spears, New York; from 1999, on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; acquired in 2011, gift of the family of Thomas A. Spears.
Hemingway, Seán Dr. and Dr. Joan R. Mertens. 2012. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 70(2): p. 10.