Mirror depicting a pair of Lasa each holding alabastrons - ROM2011_11771_3


Mirror depicting a pair of Lasa each holding alabastrons

Medium:Bronze cast and engraved, attached bone handle
Geography: From Musarna near Viterbo, Italy
Date: about 300 BC
Period: Classical Etruscan period
26.5 x 16.4 cm, 263 g
Object number: 919.26.13
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

Lasa, a female spirit, was frequently shown winged, holding an alabastron and clothed or nude. She can be depicted alone or paired with another Lasa or in scenes of love and prophecy. Her role in Etruscan myth is unclear; she appears in a number of contexts, at times she is described as a nymph, a deity of fate or a messenger.

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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