Mirror with three figures and ivy design - ROM2010_11485_48


Mirror with three figures and ivy design

Medium:Cast bronze with engraving
Geography: Italy
Date: about 400 BC
Period: Etruscan
12.38 cm
Object number: 924.81.3
Not on view

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.

A draped woman stands between two seated nude figures, one a male youth, the other a bearded man. Surrounding the whole group and filling the rest of surface is a design of ivy vines.

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