13 October 2008
A GREEK BRONZE MIRROR
5TH CENTURY B.C.
The circular plate with ovolo border, the handle in the form of a siren with finely feathered outstretched wings, standing on an Ionic capital of four conjoined scrolling volutes, two scrolling volutes on either side above, an ivy leaf on the reverse, with mount
10½ in. (26.2 cm.) high
Formerly in a French private collection, acquired in the 1930s.
Ink inscribed old collection label on reverse of velvet mount.
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Cf. M. Comstock and C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1971, p. 247 nos. 357-358 for similar mirror handles with sirens.
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