Description In order to create a reflective surface, the front of ancient mirrors were either highly polished or covered with a thin layer of silver. Engraved on the back of this mirror is a scene from the Greek myth of the marriage of Dionysus. The figures are identified by engraved inscriptions with the Etruscan names for Heracles (Herkle), Ariadne (Vesuna), Dionysus (Fufluns), and Eros (Svutaf?).
|Examination||examined for exhibition|
|3/17/1980||Examination||examined for technical study; x-ray|
|4/08/1980||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
Provenance [Found at Fattoraccio, district of Orvieto, 1880]; Bucciosanti and Alessandro Castellani Collections, Rome, by 1884, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Collection Alessandro Castellani, Hoffmann & Mannheim, Paris, March-April 1884, p. 36, lot 188; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] the Etruscan names for Heracles (Herkle), Ariadne (Vesuna), Dionysus (Fufluns), and Eros (Svutaf?)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926
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