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Mirror

Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran or Central Asia
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast
Dimensions:
Diam. 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm) D. 3/8 in. (0.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Maurice S. Dimand, in memory of his wife, Avis, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.158.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Cast bronze mirrors were often used for divination or magical medicine. The polished metallic front provided a reflective surface. Often, the decoration on the back depicted the zodiac or mythological themes. The iconography of eagle-and-man pictured on this small mirror has parallels in material excavated from a Ghaznavid palace in Uzbekistan.
Maurice S. Dimand, New York (until 1976; gifted to MMA)
Baker, Patricia L., and Barbara Brend, ed. "Studies in Honour of Professor Géza Fehérvari." In Sifting Sands, Reading Signs. London: Furnace Publishing, 2006. p. 166, ill. fig. 5a (b/w).



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