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LOT 0073

Estimate
GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 470 - 710
USD ($) 500 - 760

Sold for (Inc. bp): £416

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GREEK DECORATED MIRROR
5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.

A bronze mirror composed of a discoid head and handle with rectangular-section upper body, collar and round-section lower body; one face with ring-and-dot motifs, central entwined knot and meander border, interlace design to the stem. 9 1/8 in. (263 grams, 23.2 cm). Fine condition. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
UK private collection before 2000.
UK art market.
Property of a London gentleman.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Congdon, O.K., 'Greek Mirrors' in Notes in the History of Art, Vol. 4, No. 2/3 (Winter/Spring 1985), pp.19-25, fig.4, for a similar mirror (without handle) having similar decorative patterns.

FOOTNOTES:
The bronze mirrors conferred elite status on their owners, a status couched in terms of feminine beauty.