Mirror with Engraved Scene

Mirror with Engraved Scene

400-350 BC

Bronze

Diameter: 14.4 cm (5 11/16 in.); Overall: 19.8 cm (7 13/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.259

Description

This is the usual type of Etruscan hand mirror (as distinguished from the earlier Greek hanging mirrors). The tang at the bottom originally fit into an ivory handle. The engraved scene depicts a fallen Trojan warrior being carried off the battlefield by a winged god. The style of engraving of this scene gives us an idea of what Etruscan drawing and painting were like.

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

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