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Mirror with handle

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At the end of the handle, a seated lion; at the joint with the disc, a crouching boar. Somewhat smoothed by wear. Brown-black patina. Similar mirrors have been excavated on the northern shores of the Black Sea. The crouching animals suggest influence from Scythian art.


By date unknown: said to be from the Kertsch peninsula, South Russia; formerly in the possession of A. Arslanian, Hamburg; by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Schimmel Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Schimmel to MFA, December 12, 1962

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Schimmel

Greek, Late Archaic Period, about 480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 359.


Height: 32.8 cm (12 15/16 in.); diameter of disc 17.9 cm

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The Ancient World


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