9 December 2008
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
Rockford College Art Collection, Illinois, circa 1950.
Rockford College; Leslie Hindman, Chicago, 10 September, 2006, lot 351.
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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.
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