Bronze mirror


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Zipunu flanked by Prucnas and Thalna

Etruscan inscriptions identify the rather obscure characters depicted here. At the center is Zipunu, a lesser Etruscan goddess often associated with Turan (Latin: Venus). She is flanked by the obscure Etruscan heroes Prucnas and Thalna. The engraver paid meticulous attention to details of the eyes, hair, fingernails, footwear, jewelry, and musculature. The figures are set off against an unusual stippled background.

Bronze mirror, Bronze, Etruscan

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