About this object

Mirror and part of circular case top, decorated with raised relief scene of Paris defending himself from 2 soldiers, a scene often referred to as the 'Recognition of Paris'.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Etruscan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Tarquinia
  • Date made
    4th Century BC
  • Materials
    Bronze
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Bram Hertz
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1857 before
  • Measurements
    135 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: parallel to 'mirror box' in the Villa Giulia, Rome, inv. no. 63642 This was found in Tomba 51 of the Necropoli dell'Osteria at Vulci. (see L B van der Meer, 'Archetype - Transmitting Model - Prototype. Studies of Etruscan urns from Volterra, I', BABesch 50 (1979), Fig.1. (GM, June 2014)
  • Related people
    Bram Hertz ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner)

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Publications

  • A Guide to Etruscan Mirrors

    Author:
    Publisher: Archaeological News Inc
    Date: 1982
    Description:

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
    Description:

  • Catalogue of Etruscan Objects in World Museum, Liverpool

    MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina

    Author: MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina
    Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
    Date: 2017
    Description: One of the finest collections of Etruscan artifacts outside of Italy was begun in the 19th century by Joseph Mayer, goldsmith, of Liverpool. His donation of the collection became the core of Liverpool Museum, now World Museum, and has been augmented over the years by additional gifts and other acquisitions, such as those from the Wellcome Collection and Norwich Castle Museum. Much of the original material came from the necropolis of Vulci (Canino) when it was excavated by Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino, while additional objects represent several other cities and sites. Already famous for its gold jewellery and bronze vessels of the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, the Liverpool collection includes a fine selection of Etruscan vases, especially bucchero ware and Archaic painted vases, several scarab seals in semiprecious stones, a small number of carved ivories, and funerary urns, including that of Larui Helesa, in which were found gold earrings identical to those worn by her colourful effigy on its lid. A large group of bronze fibulae (safety-pins) furnish examples of most major types of those important ornaments of the Iron Age and Archaic periods. Engraved bronze mirrors and terracotta votives in the form of heads and body parts (such as uteri) of the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE illustrate myths and offerings that were essential to Etruscan religion. From a Villanovan sword to Hellenistic epitaphs, the Liverpool Etruscan and Italian collection offers a rare glimpse of early civilization in central Italy.

  • Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae

    Author:
    Publisher: Artemis
    Date: 1981
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1857
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Doantion
  • Bram Hertz

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1857
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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