Bronze box mirror

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
last quarter of the 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
diameter 5 3/8in. (13.6cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1061
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
On the cover, profile head of a woman

The so-called box mirror, which came into use during the late fifth century B.C., consists of two cast-bronze disks: one has a polished reflecting surface, and the other fits over the mirror as a protective cover. The cover was often decorated with a cutout relief.
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