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Bronze mirror stand

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2071
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The combination and placement of elements in such elaborate classical mirrors produce an architectural effect. The woman stands on a base with three bovine feet. Above her hover two erotes. Foxes and hares course around the circumference of the mirror disk, and a sphinx keeps watch at the top. The selection of motifs is conventional.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 140-41, fig. 98, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 140-41, fig. 98, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. 70, fig, 88, 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. p. 70, fig, 88, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 81, 223, pl. 63a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 43, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

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