Mirror with Handle in the Form of a Hathor Emblem

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118

The handle of this mirror was originally made of wood (now restored) covered with gold foil. The woman's face with cow's ears represents the goddess Bat and is also an emblem of the goddess Hathor. The use of gold and silver, rather than wood and bronze, identifies this as the possession of a member of the elite, in this case one of three foreign wives of Thutmose III. The king's cartouche is inscribed above the face.

Mirror with Handle in the Form of a Hathor Emblem, Disk: silver; handle: wood (modern) sheathed in gold (ancient)

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