Caryatid Mirror with Aphrodite

Greek

c. 460 BC

A graceful female figure serves as a “caryatid,” or human support, for a mirror. The figure’s pose, demure gestures, and simple drapery characterize the quiet elegance of the Early Classical style. The presence of the winged Eros figures (representing the god of love) above suggests that the maiden is a bride or perhaps Aphrodite herself. The siren at the top of the disk recalls the irresistible allure of these mythical bird-women.

Source: The Walters Art Museum

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