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Three Mirrors

Object Name:
13th century
Attributed to Iran or Central Asia
Bronze; cast
H. 5 15/16 in. (15.08 cm) Diam. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Depth. 1/8 in. (0.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Lionberger Davis, 1967
Accession Number:
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 trilobed crown on this handled piece is associated with Ghaznavid imagery.
J. Lionberger Davis, Princeton, NJ (until 1967; gifted to MMA)
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 37.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 37, pp. 104-105, ill. p. 105 (b/w).

Baker, Patricia L., and Barbara Brend, ed. "Studies in Honour of Professor Géza Fehérvari." In Sifting Sands, Reading Signs. London: Furnace Publishing, 2006. p. 163, ill. fig. 2 (b/w).

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