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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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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.


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze


The Ancient World


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