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Item Details
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Culture
Greece, Corinth, presumably of Corinthian or Argive origin, 5th Century BC
Title
Mirror Support: Siren
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
c. 475 BC
Material
bronze with silver inlays
Measurements
Overall: 11.5 x 9 cm (4 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)
Description
This is a bronze of exceptional quality. When complete, it had a cylindrical handle, probably of painted ivory. The reflecting disk was probably of silver, as are the inlays. The intact mirror was obviously an object of great luxury. Sirens (part bird and part woman) were sea-songstresses whose captivating voices drew sailors off course to their deaths. Sirens also accompanied the dead on their voyage to the underworld. The idea was probably imported from Egypt where human-headed ba birds embodied a deceased person's spirit.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: GR - Greek
Department: Greek and Roman Art
Gallery: 102B Greek
John L. Severance Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1967.204_full.tif
SSID
24612062

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