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Mirror with decorated back

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Circular mirror with relief decoration on back side. In center, the crowned goddess Roma stands holding spear and shield with her left arm and bearing a small winged Victory on her outstretched right hand. To the left is garlanded altar with a cuirass on top. To the right of this altar crouches...

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By date unknown: on the Swiss art market (thought to come from Asia Minor) and acquired by Mrs. Suzette Morton Davidson; late 1960s: gift of Mrs. Suzette Morton Davidson to Ariel Hamill Herrmann; by 1976: on deposit with Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McAlpine and on loan to MFA for Romans & Barbarians exhibition as S.E. 5787.1; March 2, 1977: on loan to MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McAlpine as 87.1977; June 11, 1997: transfer of ownership from Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McAlpine to Ariel Hamill Herrmann (loaned by Ariel Hamill Herrmann to MFA as 117.1997); gift of Ariel Hamill Herrmann to MFA, December 1997

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Gift of Ariel Hamill Herrmann

Roman, Early Hadrianic Period, A.D. 119–125

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Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze with gilding on relief


The Ancient World


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