Mirror with Hercle (Herakles) fighting Hippolyta with Iolaos (Herakles' nephew) - ROM2010_11485_10


Mirror with Hercle (Herakles) fighting Hippolyta with Iolaos (Herakles' nephew)

Medium:Bronze cast and engraved
Geography: From Castel d'Asso, near Viterbo, Italy
Date: about 300 BC
Period: Etruscan
23.18 x 16.99 cm
Object number: 919.26.31
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

Herakles, the most popular of the Greek heroes was known in Etruria as Hercle. He was wholeheartedly adopted by the Etruscans and is frequently seen on engraved mirrors, bronze statuettes and architectural terracottas. His labours were a favourite theme for Etruscan artists. Hercle is usually recognized, as in Greek art, by his lion- skin and club.

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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