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  • Mirror with a Support in the Form of a Draped Woman, mid-5th century b.c.
    Greek, Classical
    Bronze

    12 5/8 in. (32 cm)
    Gift of the family of Thomas A. Spears, in his memory, 2011 (2011.582)

    The ancient Greeks used mirrors that were held in the hand or stood independently. This free-standing example of a well established type consists of a base, a supporting figure, and the mirror disk embellished with additional figures around its periphery. The woman, who is probably mortal, wears a woolen garment, a peplos. Above her fly two personifications of love, erotes; originally hounds and hares would have coursed around the disk and a sphinx or siren would have perched on top. The variety of component parts are integrated into a whole that is both balanced and dynamic.

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  • Mirror with a Support in the Form of a Draped Woman, mid-5th century b.c.
    Greek, Classical
    Bronze

    12 5/8 in. (32 cm)
    Gift of the family of Thomas A. Spears, in his memory, 2011 (2011.582)


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