Roman Bronze Mirror with Decorative Patera Handle


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Object Description

A beautiful and interesting example of an everyday Roman artefact, a cast bronze round mirror, assembled in antiquity together with a patera handle (a libation bowl), composed of a short shaft with expanding shoulders, ending in stylised heads of swans. The round body would have originally been polished or plated to the interior to create a reflective surface. The exceptionality of such a piece lays in the fine decoration visible to the handle, a moulded depiction of the Roman winged deity of love, Cupid, here portrayed as a chubby child, holding what may be a goose. Mirrors were highly valued by individuals of Ancient Rome, on account of the importance given to appearance and grooming. Bronze mirrors would have been present in every aristocratic household, but also buried with the deceased as a grave good.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD

Object Condition

Condition: Fine, with some areas of encrustation and thick patination. Professionally restored.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    H:11.1 x D:16.7 centimeters

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+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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