Mirror. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1550–1290 B. C.

Bronze,wood
L. of a handle 15 cm; l. of a disc 11,5 cm; w. of a disc 12 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev
I.1.a 1735
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The Egyptians became acquainted to mirrors during the Early Dynastic Period. They were
integral parts of cosmetic sets of noble ladies and burial inventory of men. Beside a practical
function, a mirror could not but had a symbolic meaning. The Egyptians called a mirror ankh
(life) or athon (sun disk). These names indicate that mirrors played an exceptionally important
role.

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