Mirror depicting Menrva (Minerva) with three women - ROM2010_11495_63

ROM2010_11495_63

Mirror depicting Menrva (Minerva) with three women

Medium:Cast bronze, engraved
Geography: Etruria (Tuscany), Italy
Date: c. 300-200 BC
Period: Etruscan
Dimensions:
28.4 x 12 cm
Object number: 985.157.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Jean Graham
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria
Description

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.

Etruscan mirrors like this one with Menvra, in four-figure groups, are generally referred to as “Sacred Conversations”.

Collection:
Greek World
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