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Hand Mirror with Engraved Scene of Two Warriors
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Hand Mirror with Engraved Scene of Two Warriors

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Description The engraved scene on this mirror shows two men wearing different styles of armor. The man on the left wears a laminated corselet, while the man on the right wears a muscled cuirass. The differences in their armor may be meant to indicate the men are from opposite sides of a conflict, such as a Greek and a Trojan during the Trojan War. While many Etruscan mirrors have incised labels to identify the figures, this one does not. Similar scenes, however, include Hector, Achilles, and Ajax. The handle is not original to the mirror and was attached at some time after the mirror was excavated. The handle may also be Etruscan, probably from a pan. The damage on the mirror disc may indicate that it was ritually killed prior to deposition in a grave.
Date Description Narrative
8/27/1976Examinationtechnical study
3/17/1980Examinationexamined for technical study; x-ray
  • Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2021-2022.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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3rd century BCE (Hellenistic)
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H: 11 1/8 x Diam: 6 in. (28.3 x 15.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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