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Bronze relief from a mirror

Late Classical
4th century B.C.
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Aphrodite seated on a rock with two Erotes and a swan

Aphrodite's connection to the swan is not mentioned in literature, although the two often appear together in ancient art. Perhaps the most common mythological depiction of the swan is in association with Leda, the goddess who was seduced by Zeus in the guise of a swan.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1908. "New Accessions in the Classical Department: V. Miscellaneous Bronzes." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3(5): no. 8, p. 90.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 107, p. 66, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 137, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reinach, Salomon. 1924. Répertoire de la Statuaire Greque et Romaine, Tome V, Vol. 1. p. 166, fig. 2, Paris: E. Leroux.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 174, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta. 1941. "A Greek Silver Phiale in the Metropolitan Museum." American Journal of Archaeology, 45(3): p. 377 n. 34.

Züchner, Wolfgang. 1942. "Griechische Klappspiegel. Ph.D. diss.." Ph.D. Diss. no. 9, p. 111. Walter de Gruyter & Co.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 111, 249, pl. 89e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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