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 Joan R. Mertens. 2012. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 70(2): p. 10.