Bronze mirror with a support in the form of a draped woman

Period: Classical

Date: mid-5th century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Argive

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 15 15/16 in., 2 lb. (40.4 cm, 0.9 kg)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971

Accession Number: 1972.118.78


The integration of three-dimensional figures into the design of a functional object is a hallmark of Greek art. A variety of elements–human, animal, and mythological–animate this mirror disk. A statuette of a woman standing on a base supports the mirror. Her simple woolen peplos falls in columnar folds. Her serious expression and quiet stance are typical of the restrained early Classical statues that were created from about 480 to 450 B.C. Two winged Erotes hover about her head. A hound chases a hare up either side of the disk; a siren, part bird and part woman, perches on the top.