A polished disk with a handle was a popular type of mirror in the Byzantine world. A secular object, this mirror was probably donated to the church for its monetary value. It may also have been valued for its amuletic qualities, as mirrors were believed to deflect evil.
Found near Antioch, Syria; (acc. no. 47.100.35) [ Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (sold 1944)]; (acc. no. 47.100.35) [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1944–sold 1947)]; (acc. no. 52.37) Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (until 1952)
Lerner, Judith. "Horizontal-Handled Mirrors: East and West." Metropolitan Museum Journal 31 (1996). pp. 11-40, fig. 2.
Lazaridou, Anastasia, ed. Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd-7th Century AD. New York: Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc., 2012. no. 75, p. 119.