Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Mirror with handle in the shape of a Siren
Asia Minor (Turkey)
Late Classical period, ca. 450–425 BCE
bronze
H: 25.5; Diam: 19 cm
Bequest of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 91.71.311
 
 
Sirens, the mythological half-women, half-birds, were considered to be holders of wisdom and truth. Shown clasping the face of the mirror, they attested to the veracity of its reflection.

Publications:
Muscarella, Oscar White, ed., Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, Germany, 1974

Exhibition:
Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1977
Gods and Mortals: Selected Objects from the Norbert Schimmel Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 17/05/1992 - 31/10/1992

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir