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Bronze box mirror

Late Classical or Hellenistic
late 4th century B.C.
diameter 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm) H. of handle 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm) H. of Head 5 7/16in. (13.8cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
In relief, head of Pan

The goat-god Pan is always portrayed with the shaggy legs, ears, and horns of a goat. His face is often given a brutish cast, but here he appears as a beautiful youth whose tousled hair and dreamy expression are the only indications that he is an unpredictable woodland being.
#1059. Bronze box mirror
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