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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 128

    AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE MIRROR

    CIRCA EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE MIRROR
    CIRCA EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.
    Cast with a flaring extension, the handle terminating in a stylized animal head, perhaps a ram, the reverse engraved with four figures engaged in a Sacra Conversazione, Castor and Pollux on the far left and right, wearing short belted chitons and characteristic Phrygian caps, the central female, perhaps Menerva, wearing a headcloth and a long chiton, a nude male to the right in contrapposto, with long hair, all three male figures wearing high-laced sandals, the outer figures resting their elbows on Ionic columns framing the scene, the pediment of a building visible in the background, enclosed within a band of guilloche
    10 3/8 in. (26.5 cm) high


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    For a related example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see no. 4, figs. 4a-d in Bonfante, Corpus Speculorum Etruscorum, U.S.A. 3: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Provenance

    Rockford College Art Collection, Illinois, circa 1950.
    Rockford College; Leslie Hindman, Chicago, 10 September, 2006, lot 351.