Italy 200 - 400 AD
|Object:||Rare Roman Lead Mirror with Greek inscriptions|
|Dimensies (in cm):||11 cm|
|Eeuw / Periode:||200 - 400 AD|
|Staat:||Goede staat, zie foto|
Unique Roman Lead Mirror with Greek inscriptions circa 2th - 4th Century AD.
A nice example of this type of mirror used by ladies of the Roman period with a zig zag pattern on the front and Greek script on the back.
The mirror is primarily intact; measures 110 X 52 mm.
Very nice shiny patina.
In 2014 the Italian archaeologist Giulia Baratta published a simmular mirror with Greek inscription on a Roman lead mirror acquired by the Antikensammlung Staatlichen der Museen zu Berlin in 1910.
The object is apparently now lost, but a drawing in the inventory remains; the drawing is reproduced here.
What the drawing shows is the frame of a mirror-like surface with reflective glass.
According to Baratta, this material was very common in the Roman Empire between the second and third centuries AD.
They were primarily used as a votive offering in female cults that idealized beauty, youth, and health.
What is fascinating about the mirror is the Greek inscription that frames it.
Baratta read the inscription as follows:
τῇ καλῇ τὰ καλὰ κυρίᾳ ἀγορᾶς ὅν με δηναρίου
“To the beautiful lady of the market the beautiful things, (a gift offered) with a denarius.”
Baratta understands this mirror as a votive offering to the “lady of the market,” which she assumes to be the goddess Artemis or Aphrodite.
In the latest issue of Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Nikos Litinas offers a new transcription and interpretation of this inscription. Litinas reads the inscription as follows:
τῇ καλῇ τὰ καλὰ. κυρία, ἀγόρασόν με δηναρίου
“To the beautiful lady the beautiful things. Lady, buy me with a denarius.”
Now, the inscription can be understood in a whole new way: it is an inscription to the potential buyer urging her to buy the mirror for the price of one denarius.
Litinas points to other similar inscriptions, most importantly another mirror from Moesia Inferior that reads Κύρα, ἀγόρασόν με ("Lady, buy me."), which is actually a bit more pushy ("buy me now!").
If only mirrors could talk!
Provenance: Out of a Dutch private collection.
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|Lid sinds:||5 september 2015|
Beautiful object, very quick delivery.
Let op. Sommige gedeeltes op deze pagina zijn automatisch vertaald.到今天5月19日为止.我还没有收到拍品任何信息<还沒有收到寄来的拍品>Item was delivered on May 27.
Shipments from Europe to China sometimes require some time.
I will never buy again from this seller. I advise you the same. Selling me a 100% new bronze icon. Had long correspondence. Offering to pay me a percentage of my damage. Why not all of it ? Beware !!The most difficult person who ever crossed my path.
He purchased an 20th century icon as clearly stated in the description and this for 63 euros and thinks he buys an antique icon.
Despite what he has bought is correct with the description, I still offered him to refund the item.
But that was not enough, this gentleman wanted more money back than he hat paid.
This person did also find it necessary to threaten me personally.
I refuse to sell anything to this person anymore.
Very good : fast, good shipment. Nice arrowheads. Thank you!
Ik zeg toppie toppie! :)
Let op. Sommige gedeeltes op deze pagina zijn automatisch vertaald......1000000000% gold.
The Gold is electronically tested and guaranteed for life as stated in the description.
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|Verenigde Staten||€ 14,00|
|Verenigd Koninkrijk||€ 11,00|
|De rest van Europa||€ 11,00|
|Overige bestemmingen||€ 14,00|
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