Mirror - 909.80.540_3



Medium:Copper and wood
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 2055-1650 BC
Period: 11th-13th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
10.8 x 11.75 cm
Object number: 909.80.540
Not on view

The Egyptians made mirrors of polished metal from earliest times.  The best were of silver, but well-polished copper mirrors, while still elite possessions, were more common. The papyriform stem handle was the most popular shape, representing stability, vitality, and sexuality

Mirrors would have been used in daily life by the well-to-do as they drew on their make-up, but mirrors also had religious and funerary connotations and are often shown in tombs and on coffins. This particular mirror shows signs of a textile impressed into the corrosion of the disk; this suggests the mirrors’ reflective surface was protected by being stored in a cloth bag.

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