Mirror with Engraved Scene

Mirror with Engraved Scene

c. 325-300 BC

Bronze

Overall: 33 cm (13 in.)

Gift of Mrs. John Huntington 1920.170

Description

This hand mirror, which originally had an ivory handle, reflected the viewer's image in its once highly polished surface. The back is engraved with a narrative scene, a type of mirror decoration probably invented by the Etruscans. The engraving shows an older man threatening a youth with his sword in the center flanked by two women. A Greek myth is certainly intended, but the identification is debatable.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Etruscan
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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