Mirror with Split-leaf Palmette Design inlaid with Gold

Object Name: Mirror

Date: early 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey, probably Bursa or Istanbul

Medium: Iron, inlaid with gold; ivory

Dimensions: H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
D. 1/8 in. (0.2 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1972

Accession Number: 1972.24


The polished, reflecting side of this mirror has traces of gold inlay along the edges. On the back, dense spiral scrolls sprinkled with blossoms, leaves, and arabesques revolve from the six-pointed star placed in the center of the poly-lobbed medallion. The handle shaft has a gold chevron pattern and two ivory plaques. A gold-inlaid steel mirror in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul is somewhat more deluxe, with a jade handle and inset with ruby and turquoise, but the similarity of ornamentation suggests production in the same Ottoman court workshop.