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12th–13th century
Found Iran, Nishapur
Bronze; cast
Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) Th. 3/16 in. (0.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The back of this small mirror is decorated with an allover pattern of six-petal rosettes with a small knob in the center, a feature thought to have been copied from Chinese mirrors. Mirrors made of bronze, which could be polished into a highly reflective surface, were common throughout the medieval world, until they were replaced with silver-coated glass examples.
1939, excavated in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Allan, James. Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. pp. 72-73, ill. fig. 76 (b/w).

Baker, Patricia L., and Barbara Brend, ed. "Studies in Honour of Professor Géza Fehérvari." In Sifting Sands, Reading Signs. London: Furnace Publishing, 2006. p. 162, ill. fig. 1 (b/w).

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