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Mirror with handle in the shape of a Siren

Mirror with handle in the shape of a Siren

Mirror with handle in the shape of a Siren

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

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

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.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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

Exhibitions:

Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 08/05/1977 - 12/12/1977

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