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Bronze mirror with wooden backing, set in a silver-gilt frame

Late Classical or Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
Bronze, wood, silver, gold
Diam.: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
Said to be from Bulgaria

The silver-gilt openwork band that enframes the mirror itself is decorated with herons and other birds among palmettes, flowers, and leaves. The wooden back originally may have been covered with fabric that would have set off the open frame most effectively.
Said to be from Bulgaria

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1922. "Hellenistic Silverware." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 17 (6): p. 133, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Christine Alexander. 1947. "A Greek Mirror- Ancient or Modern?." American Journal of Archaeology: The Journal of the Archaeological Institute of America, 51: pp. 221-226.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 127, 266, pl. 106a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 88, pp. 11, 51.

Castriota, David. 1995. The Ara Pacis Augustae and the Imagery of Abundance in Later Greek and Early Roman Imperial Art. fig. 72, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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