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Accession_Number 13.10.4A-B
adlib_title Cypriote cast mirror case
Shape Mirror case
Shape_description Two slightly concave disks, not joined (although they sit together well). The lid is thinner than the base with no significant rim, but a beveled edge. The mirror itself has a rim on the underside, and an offset edge on the upper part. These are clearly two parts of a Hellenistic mirror with lid, typical of Hellenistic cyprus. A pair of bronze plates could be locked together because one mirror had a low cylindrical rim into which the other, with a flanged edge, could be fitted. The inside mirror is decorated on the recessed side and polished on the flat side. The outside mirror is polished on the recessed side and sometimes decorated on the flat side. The two polished sides would then lie together, sometimes plated with silver (as in the case of an example in Amathus tomb 62, published in Excavations in Cyprus). For the Greek prototypes see See A. Schwarzmaier, Griechische Klappspiegel: Untersuchungen zu Typologie und Stil (Berlin 1997).
Material Bronze
Fabric Cypriote
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Decoration The mirror (A) is decorated on the underside with six concentric circles, arranged in three pairs, and a raised boss at the centre, pierced at the centrepoint.
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Condition Two pieces, each intact, seemingly not missing any parts. The mirror is in better condition, with only a few worn and/or green patches, while the lid is damaged at the edges and is covered on the underside with whitish-green deposits. The lid has one cracked, running from the edge toward the centre.
Technique/Style Cast
Provenance Salamis, Cyprus
Period Late Classical / Early Hellenistic
Date 4 c.
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Drawings of a two-part bronze Cypriote mirror case.
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Oblique view of the interior of the base of a Cypriote bronze mirror case, showing the rim.
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Oblique view of the interior of the base of a Cypriote bronze mirror case, showing the rim.
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Oblique view of the interior of the base of a Cypriote bronze mirror case, showing the rim.
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Over head of the inside of a Cypriote bronze mirror case.
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Over head view od the exterior of the base of a Cypriote bronze mirror case.
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Over head of the exterior of the lid of a Cypriote bronze mirror case.
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Over head view of the inside of the lid of a Cypriote bronze mirror case.
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Over head view of the inside of the base and the outside of the lid of a Cypriote bronze mirror case.
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Overhead view of a Cypriote bronze mirror case with lid.
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Oblique view of a Cypriote bronze mirror case with lid.
Comparanda For comparable mirrors with a concentric circle ornaments and mouldings on the recessed or flat sides of the mirror cases see SCE IV.3 (1956) 114.2, fig. 33.17, discussed on 178 (type 2) and especially G.M.A. Richter, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes (New York 1915) 269-70, no. 787 (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cesnola Collection inv. C.B.144, said to have been found in a tomb in Dali, as published in L. di Palma Cesnola, Atlas III, pl. LX.2; LXI, 1, 2; Excavations in Cyprus 83, B 77.4, 85, E 114.7). The Cesnola example is, however, somewhat larger. Also slightly larger than the Ure example are two 'Hellenistic' mirrors with concentric circle decoration (both with matching lids), but without specific provenience's ('Cyprus) in Aarhus, Antikmuseet (Aarhus Universitet), inv. nos. K115 and K116 (AS 3543a and AS 3543b).
Bibliography
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Beazley_DB
Height A: 1.8; B: 0.4
Diameters A: ext. 7.7, int. 7.2; B: 7.6
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Location Body Beautiful
Edited_by Denise; Cara; Amy
Date_edited 18.09.2002; 07.09.2004; 23.07.2009
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