Roman bronze mirror, 100-300 A.D.

These two pieces, which were originally joined by a hinge, form a mirror. The extremes are decorated with children's heads made in a classic way with idealized faces and abundant curly hair. The surface is decorated with concentric engraved lines that create a decorative pattern. The pieces made of bronze show the mastery of the ancient Romans in the use of this material. The first and second centuries A.D. belong to the period known as Upper Imperial Rome, i.e. the time of the splendour of the Roman Empire. It is a flourishing period thanks to the arrival to power of Augustus, who promoted powerful changes in the Empire that had an impact on Roman art. During this period, the aesthetics of sculpture came from the Hellenistic world and, with respect to typologies, historical relief and portraits predominated, which sought to promote the most important characters or events.


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