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Bronze mirror with a support in the form of a draped woman

mid-5th century B.C.
H. 12 5/8", Diameter 5 3/8"
Credit Line:
Gift of the family of Thomas A. Spears, in his memory, 2011
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The figure that forms the handle of this mirror once held a dove, a bird sacred to the goddess Aphrodite. On either side of her is an Eros in flight. The hares that run around the mirror disk originally were pursued by hounds, and a siren probably sat on the top. Mirrors such as this one, produced by a small number of bronze workshops in the Peloponnese in the mid-fifth century B.C., are among the earliest examples of the duplication of Eros in art.
[Prior to 1990, reportedly with Heidi Vollmoeller, Galerie Heidi Vollmoeller, Zurich, Switzerland]; purchased by Athanasios Ghertsos, Greek Consul in Zurich, from Galerie Heidi Vollmoeller; ca. 1990, purchased by Frieda Tchacos Nussberger from Athanasios Ghertsos; [ca. 1990-1993, with Frieda Tchacos Nussberger, Gallerie Nefer, Zurich]; 1993, purchased by Thomas A. and Colette Spears from Frieda Tchacos Nussberger; 1993-2011, collection of Thomas A. and Colette Spears, New York; from 1999, on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; acquired in 2011, gift of the family of Thomas A. Spears.
Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Christopher S. Lightfoot, Dr. Seán Hemingway, and Kyriaki Karoglou. 2012. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2010–2012." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 70(2): p. 10.

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