Mirror Box with Head of Athena

Mirror Box with Head of Athena

400-375 BC

Part of a set. See all set records

Bronze, partially gilt

Diameter: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.66

Description

These case or box mirrors, constructed just like modern, hinged makeup compacts, were very fashionable from the later 5th century into the 4th century. The decoration of the cover was always in repoussé. Frequently there was another disk within this cover with an incised decoration of a mythological figure. The actual mirror is the highly polished top of the bottom half of the box. A loop at the hinge allowed the mirror to be suspended as a wall decoration when not in active use.

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

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