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Mirror and Handle with the Birth of Helen

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Design in relief showing the seated King of Lacedaemon, Tyndareos, contemplating an egg which is held by Hermes standing in the center. At the right Leda is seated in the rockwork landscape. Fish swim beneath their feet. Inscriptions in Etruscan identify the three figures as "Tuntle"...

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By about 1960-1961: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia, Pa.; by 1971: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 14, 1971

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

Italic, Etruscan, Classical Period, 400–350 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 376A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references).


Length: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.); diameter 18.8 cm (7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical