Ram's head handle mirror engraved with Castor and Pollux - ROM2010_11486_46


Ram's head handle mirror engraved with Castor and Pollux

Medium:Bronze cast and engraved
Geography: From near Perugia, Italy
Date: c. 300-200 BC
Period: Etruscan
18.9 x 0.3 x 9.4 cm
Object number: 919.26.28
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

Showing Castor and Pollux flanking two female deities. The twin brothers from Greek and Roman mythology were known to the Etruscans as Kastur and Pultuce.

Bronze mirrors with engraved decoration were first used in Etruria during the late 6th century BC. The incised decoration, frequently composed of figural scenes adapted from mythology, appears on the reverse side of the mirror disc. The reflecting side was a highly polished bronze surface. The discs were equipped with handles that were either bone attached to a tang or bronze cast in one piece with the disc.

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