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Mirror with Scene of Venus Victrix, 2nd century C.E.

Maker: Unknown Maker, Roman

Medium: Bronze, partial gilt

4 × 4 × 1/2 in. (10.2 × 10.2 × 1.3 cm)

Credit Line: Clarence Day Foundation Collection

Object Number: LI.90.15

On View

For a toilette article that was probably used by a woman, an image of Venus Victrix—literally the Venus of Victory—appropriately ornaments this mirror. It shows the goddess of love leaning against a low column, contemplating the helmet of Mars, the god of war. Vanquished by her feminine charms, he has yielded all his armor in exchange for love. Cherubs celebrate her triumph by crowning her with a wreath and showing off the spoils of her victory.