Mirror depicting Lasa holding an alabastron - ROM2011_11771_4


Mirror depicting Lasa holding an alabastron

Medium:Bronze cast and engraved
Geography: From near Viterbo, Italy
Date: About 300-200 BC
Period: Etruscan
16.7 x 0.9 x 15.5 cm
Object number: 919.26.3
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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