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Silver mirror

4th century A.D.
Diam.: 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The type of mirror with a horizontal handle originated in the Roman world during the first century B.C. It was subsequently adopted in various cultures of Asia and finally died out in the ninth to tenth century A.D. In this example, the classical origins are clear in the leaf-shaped attachments of the handle, the Herakles knot, and the wreath around the circumference of the disk.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1992. "Ancient Art: Gifts from The Norbert Schimmel Collection: Greek and Roman." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 49(4): p. 62.

von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, and Elizabeth J. Milleker. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1992–1993: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 51(2): p. 62.

Lerner, Judith. 1996. "Horizontal-Handled Mirrors: East and West." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 31: pp. 11–40.

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