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Bronze box mirror

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
2nd quarter of the 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
diameter 7 7/8in. (20cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.255
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
In relief, head of woman

The box mirror came into use toward the end of the fifth century B.C. The protective cover can be lifted by the ring below the relief to reveal the mirror, a cast-bronze disk with a highly polished surface. The relief on the cover was hammered separately and applied.
Robinson, Edward. 1908. "New Accessions in the Classical Department: IV Five Greek Mirrors." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(4): pp. 68-9, fig. 2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 758, pp. 257-59, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 117, fig. 74, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 148-49, fig. 103, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 148-49, fig. 103, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 96, 237, pl. 77c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1984. Aphrodisias-Athena, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 2. Aphrodite, no. 1122, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Bol, Peter C. 2004. Die Geschichte der antiken Bildhauerkunst, Vol. 2. pp. 466, 473, pl. 448, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 189, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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