Date: 12th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Bronze; cast, chased

Dimensions: Diam. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
Depth. 1 in. (2.5 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1942

Accession Number: 42.136


The casting technique for this mirror, known as sand casting, was introduced to Iran from China around the mid-eleventh century. The form, with a prominent central knob from which it could be hung, is also inspired by Chinese models. However, the decoration— with an inscription bearing good wishes in Arabic, a ring of running animals, and a scrolling vegetal design— is drawn from the repertoire of Iran during the time of the Seljuqs.