Engraved back of a mirror

Engraved back of a mirror

Date ca. 400 BCE

Movement Etruscan

Medium Bronze

Diameter 6”

Housed at Musei Vaticani, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Città del Vaticano, Rome

 

Works of metal for domestic use were a major part of the Etruscans’ commerce trade. Chalchas of the Iliad is depicted here, but is made entirely Etruscan with his wings and the activity in which he is engaged: haruspicy, or looking upon the entails of a sacrificed animal for omens from the gods.