Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Bronze box mirror

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
2nd quarter of the 4th century B.C. or later
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
diameter 6 1/8 in. (15.5cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.256a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
In relief, head of a woman

The box mirror came into use toward the end of the fifth century B.C. Under the protective cover is 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. 67–68, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 759, pp. 257, 259–60, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 119, fig. 75, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 148, 151, fig. 104, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 148, 151, fig. 104, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 96, 237, pl. 77b, 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. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. 1123, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Mertens, Joan R. 1985. "Greek Bronzes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 43(2): no. 28, pp. 43, 45.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 196, pp. 169, 440, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Objects

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

Date: mid-5th century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 1972.118.78 On view in:Gallery 156

Bronze footbath with its stand

Date: late 5th–early 4th century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 38.11.5a, b On view in:Gallery 158

Bronze helmet of South Italian-Corinthian type

Date: mid-4th–mid-3rd century B.C. Medium: bronze Accession: 2003.407.5 On view in:Gallery 161

Bronze statuette of a horse

Date: late 2nd–1st century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 23.69 On view in:Gallery 164

Bronze statue of Eros sleeping

Date: 3rd–2nd century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 43.11.4 On view in:Gallery 164