Circular mirror - ROM2018_16214_3


Circular mirror

Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 2345-2181 BC
Period: 6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
14.5 × 12.8 × 0.3 cm
Object number: 909.77.43
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionExample of the earliest type of ancient Egyptian mirror, being a thin (2 cm thick) round disc of copper with a short flange that would have been inserted into a wooden handle, probably in the shape of a papyrus stalk. Mirrors may have been included in burials for use of the deceased in the Afterlife, or may be associated with the revitalization and rebirth of the deceased.  From the Middle Kingdom we know that mirrors were called "living face images" suggesting that the Egyptians may have viewed the mirror image as a view of a person's soul. The circular form of the mirror as well as its reflexive properties also may have led to a connection with the solar disc.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1908-1909
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