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Mirror with Heracles, Dionysus, Ariadne, and Eros
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Mirror with Heracles, Dionysus, Ariadne, and Eros


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
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?).
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Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for exhibition
3/17/1980Examinationexamined for technical study; x-ray
4/08/1980Loan Considerationexamined for loan
7/20/1992Treatmentother
7/21/1992Treatmentother
Provenance [Found at Fattoraccio, district of Orvieto, 1880]; Bucciosanti and Castellani Collections, Rome; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; 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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Period
ca. 300 BCE (Hellenistic)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.85
Measurements
9 1/4 x 7 5/8 x 1/4 in. (23.5 x 19.3 x 0.7 cm)
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