Caryatid Mirror with Aphrodite

Greekca. 460 BC (Classical)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

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.

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  • Title: Caryatid Mirror with Aphrodite
  • Date Created: ca. 460 BC (Classical)
  • Physical Dimensions: w18 x h43.6 x d7.65 cm
  • Type: mirrors;sculpture
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: bronze
  • Provenance: Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Greece
  • ExhibitionHistory: 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
  • Artist: Greek


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