Caryatid mirror with Aphrodite
Bronze.
Ca. 450 BCE.
43,6 × 18 × 7,7 cm.
Inv. No. 54.769.Baltimore (USA), Walters Art Museum

Caryatid mirror with Aphrodite.

Bronze.
Ca. 450 BCE.
43,6 × 18 × 7,7 cm.
Inv. No. 54.769.

Baltimore (USA), Walters Art Museum

Origin:
Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Description:
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.
Credits:
Keywords: ελληνική μυθολογία mythologia graeca greek mythology mitologia greca griechische mythologie grecque ἀφροδίτη αφροδίτη aphrodite afrodite σειρήν σειρῆνες σειρήνα σειρήνες sirena siren sirens sirene sirenen sirène sirènes ἔρως έρως eros éros καθρέφτης mirror mirrors specchio specchi spiegel miroir miroirs female dress clothes clothing garment abbigliamento femminile damenbekleidung vêtements pour femmes γυναικεία ρούχα bronze bronzo ορείχαλκος bird birds uccello vogel oiseau πουλί winged alato geflügelt ailé alatus alata φτερωτό geflügelte ailée φτερωτή caryatid cariatide karyatide caryatide καρυάτιδα καρυάτις καρυάτιδες inv no 54 769