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Caryatid Mirror with Aphrodite
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Caryatid Mirror with Aphrodite


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Description A graceful female figure serves as a "caryatid," or human support, for a mirror. The figure's pose, demure gestures, and simple drapery characterize the quiet elegance of the Early Classical style. The presence of the winged Eros figures (representing the god of love) above suggests that the maiden is a bride or perhaps Aphrodite herself. The siren at the top of the disk recalls the irresistible allure of these mythical bird-women.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/25/1967Treatmentexamined for condition; repaired
Exhibitions
  • Pandora's Box: Women in Classical Greece. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Basel. 1995-1996.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
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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Period
ca. 460 BC (Classical)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.769
Measurements
17 3/16 x 7 1/16 x 3 in. (43.6 x 18 x 7.7 cm)
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