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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 6 1/8in. (15.5cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.257a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
In relief, floral ornament

Geometric and floral elements played an important role in the decoration of all types of Greek art. Here lush acanthus leaves give rise to outward curling tendrils with fruit and to a flowerlike central element from which springs a palmette with inturned fronds.
Robinson, Edward. 1908. "New Accessions in the Classical Department: IV Five Greek Mirrors." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(4): p. 70.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 761, pp. 257, 263-64, New York: Gilliss Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 70-71, fig. 90, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 70-71, fig. 90, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

Mertens, Joan R. 1985. "Greek Bronzes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 43(2): no. 30, p. 45.

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