Mirror - ROM2018_16224_67



Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Period: Undetermined Period
16.3 × 15.6 × 0.1 cm
Object number: 909.80.544
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This mirror has lost its wooden handle along with its provenance.  It may well have come from the burial of a woman.  Images of mirrors are often found painted in tombs and coffins, and on stele and the walls of tombs, mirrors appear under the seats of women, or in their hands. Mirrors were often included in burials as grave goods. The name for mirror shared the sound 'ankh' with the word for life, perhaps because a living image appears in it.

The disk is slightly flattened  top and bottom to remind the owner of the shape of the rising and setting sun, a symbol of regeneration. Mirrors lwere not simply or entirely household objects, but also carried connotations of    Hathor, goddess of love, music, and beauty

When it was polished, the bronze disk would have given a quite satisfactory reflection of its owner, perhaps all the more welcome for the warm colour of the reflection and an image less brutally sharp than we see nowadays in silver or glass.  This mirror has been polished on one side in modern times.

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