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Mirror with Erotes and Silenos punishing a nude female

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Mirror and cover with a representation of a punishment scene, possibly of Venus by Cupids and Silenus. A woman with legs and buttocks bared is laid out on a bed and is held down by two winged cupids. A male figure with balding head, beard, and big exposed belly, who resembles Silenus, is about...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Roger Peyrefitte Collection, Paris (said to be from Asia Minor); according to an invoice from Royal-Athena Galleries: published by R. Peyrefitte in Un Musee de lAmour in 1972 and in 1978 by H. Cahn in "Le Musée Secret" de Roger Peyrefitte, auction in Paris, December 11-12, 1978, lot 434; by 1985: with Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. 4, 1985, p. 110, no. 324); purchased by MFA from Royal-Athena Galleries, December 17, 1986

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st or 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 095.

Dimensions

Other: 10.6 x 0.6 cm (4 3/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1986.750

Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical