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Bronze mirror

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 330–300 B.C.
Culture:
Praenestine
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Other: 7 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (18.1 x 34.3 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Accession Number:
41.160.406
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Two-horse chariot driven by a woman

Most Praenestine mirrors have a distinctive pear-shaped disc, unlike the circular discs of mirrors produced in Etruria. In this example, a product of the same workshops that made the cistae in this case, the female figure driving a chariot is probably Thesan (Greek: Eos), the Etruscan goddess of the dawn.
Bonfante, Larissa. 1997. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corpus Speculorun Etruscorum, Vol. U.S.A. 3. no. 23, pp. 66-68, figs. 23a-e, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Bonfante, Larissa. 1997. Corpus Speculorum Etruscorum: U.S.A. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 3. no. 23, pp. 66-68, figs. 23a-d, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Ridgway, Francesca R. 2000. "Etruscan mirrors and archaeological context." Journal of Roman Archaeology, 13: p. 409.

Wiman, Ingela M. B. 2000-2001. "Review of Etruscan Mirrors, by L. Bonfante." Opuscula Romana, Skrifter utgivna av Svenska institutet i Rom: pp. 125-8.

Höckmann, Ursula. 2002. "[Review]Etruscan Mirrors, by L. Bonfante." Gnomon, 74(1): pp. 43-6.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.17, pp. 183–84, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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