Delicate mirror cases such as these were favoured by the wealthier Roman citizens. They were often decorated with scenes from mythology or those fitting for a toilet article. This particular piece is compact and entirely suitable for a woman of the time.
Roman Bronze Mirror
A Roman bronze box mirror, composed of two disks hinged together, which would of have initially been plated on the interior to create a reflective surface. The exterior of one side is decorated with concentric bands, centred around an appliqué of a lion head. A large arching handle loops on the ends through a catch plate. The reverse remains undecorated.
Condition: Excellent, with nice green and brown patina to the surface.