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Mirror with a Bathing Maiden
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Mirror with a Bathing Maiden

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Description The most popular type of mirror in the Hellenistic period was of "clamshell" form, much like the modern compact. The polished mirror disk was protected by a hinged lid, decorated with figures in relief on the exterior and, not uncommonly, with a scene engraved on its underside. Appearing on the inside lid of this mirror is a tranquil scene with a nude maiden, perhaps Aphrodite or a nymph, bathing in a rocky grotto.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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3rd century BC (Hellenistic)
engraved bronze, repoussé silver backed with paste
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top: 15/16 x 5 in. (2.5 x 12.7 cm) (d. x diam.) bottom: 1/2 x 4 13/16 in. (1.2 x 12.3 cm) (d. x diam.)


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