Bronze mirror, Bronze, Etruscan

Bronze mirror

Late Classical
ca. 350 B.C.
diameter 6 3/8in. (16.2cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Peleus, Thetis, and Galene

Pele (Greek: Peleus) surprises his bride, Thethis (Greek: Thetis), who is assisted by the nereid Calaina (Greek: Galene) as she gazes into a mirror. Between Peleus and Thetis, who later became the parents of Achilles, is an engraved toiletries box with lid ajar to reveal various toilet items, including a perfume applicator and two perfume vases. The superb quality of the engraving has assured this mirror's fame.
#1217. Bronze Mirror
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Said to have been found between Orvieto and Bolsena on the estate of Count Bugiosanti of Orvieto

1877, found between Orvieto and Bolsena; from 1877, collection of Count Bugiosanti of Orvieto; until 1883, collection of Alessandro Castellani, Rome (auctioned in 1884); [with Francesco Martinetti, Rome]; [with Paul Hartwig, Rome]; acquired in 1909, purchased from Paul Hartwig.
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