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Auction archive: Lot number 428

AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE MIRROR

Auction 09.12.1999
9 Dec 1999
Estimate
US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:
US$9,775
Auction archive: Lot number 428

AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE MIRROR

Auction 09.12.1999
9 Dec 1999
Estimate
US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:
US$9,775
Beschreibung:

AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE MIRROR circa 4th century b.c. The cast circular mirror with a concave-sided extension flaring out at the bottom, the ornate handle with opposing stylized griffin heads along the shaft, with acanthus formations merginng with the disk extension, the terminal in the form of a ram's head, the obverse with a dentate edge, the reverse engraved with the so-called "Sacred Conversation" between four figures, with Castor and Pollux seated on the right and left, both nude but for a mantle and boots, wearing a Phrygian cap adorned with a star-pattern, and two standing women in the center, perhaps Helen and either Turan (Aphrodite) or Minerva, one depicted frontally, her head inclined to the right, wearing a torque, mantle and boots, her body overlapping the the other, her head turned in profile to the right, a pediment above supported by an ionic column positioned between the two figures on the left, the border with a garland of spiky leaves with two "bakchos" rings filled with slanting lines, the extension with a floral motif resembling a thunderbolt 10.13/16 in. (27.5 cm) long

Auction archive: Lot number 428
Auction:
Datum:
9 Dec 1999
Auction house:
Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center
Beschreibung:

AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE MIRROR circa 4th century b.c. The cast circular mirror with a concave-sided extension flaring out at the bottom, the ornate handle with opposing stylized griffin heads along the shaft, with acanthus formations merginng with the disk extension, the terminal in the form of a ram's head, the obverse with a dentate edge, the reverse engraved with the so-called "Sacred Conversation" between four figures, with Castor and Pollux seated on the right and left, both nude but for a mantle and boots, wearing a Phrygian cap adorned with a star-pattern, and two standing women in the center, perhaps Helen and either Turan (Aphrodite) or Minerva, one depicted frontally, her head inclined to the right, wearing a torque, mantle and boots, her body overlapping the the other, her head turned in profile to the right, a pediment above supported by an ionic column positioned between the two figures on the left, the border with a garland of spiky leaves with two "bakchos" rings filled with slanting lines, the extension with a floral motif resembling a thunderbolt 10.13/16 in. (27.5 cm) long

Auction archive: Lot number 428
Auction:
Datum:
9 Dec 1999
Auction house:
Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center
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