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Hand Mirror

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


470-450 BCE


Etruscan; probably Vulci

About this artwork

Found in women’s graves, bronze mirrors were luxurious personal possessions used in life and then buried with the dead for use in the afterlife. One side was highly polished; the other side was usually engraved with a mythic scene, such as this one, which shows the goddess Eos carrying the body of her son, Memnon, who was killed by the hero Achilles. The episode was taken from Homer’s The Iliad, the epic poem that narrates the Greek siege and eventual defeat of the city of Troy.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Etruscan


Hand Mirror


Vulci (Object made in)

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470 BCE–450 BCE




16.8 × 15.1 × 0.7 cm (6 5/8 × 6 × 5/16 in.) (with tang)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

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