Mirror engraved with flute-player

CULTURE:
Etruscan
DATE:
late 5th–early 4th century BCE
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General Description

Mirrors in antiquity were made of polished bronze. The scene engraved on the back shows a nude winged female figure standing by a plant and box and accompanied by a flute player. She is a Lasa, or erotic deity, who often appears as an attendant of the Goddess of love, whom the Etruscans called Turan. Such sensuous scenes were considered suitable for women's toilet ornaments.

Excerpt from

Anne Bromberg, Label copy [1966.7], transcribed November 2016.

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