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Mirror

Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Northwestern Iran or Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast, chased
Dimensions:
Diam. 8 11/16 in. (22 cm) W. 3/8 in. (1 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.348.2
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 scene on this mirror is interpreted as Solomon and his demons.
Inscription: On the edge are visible two inscriptions, one in Greek and the other in Armenian (?). For transcription check the curatorial file. [Francesca Leoni, fellow 04-08-2008]

on the outer edge, runs a small band with a naskh inscription with verse 255 of the Qur'an.
Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer, Williamstown, MA (by 1967–78; 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.



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