Bronze mirror


Bronze mirror

Bronze mirrors preceded the glass mirrors of today. This type of mirror has been found by archaeologists among elite assemblages from various cultures, from Etruscan Italy to China.

History

Egypt

Polished bronze or copper mirrors were made by the Egyptians from 2900 BCE onwards. [Z. Y. Saad: "The Excavations at Helwan. Art and Civilization in the First and Second Egyptian Dynasties", University of Oklahoma Press, Oklahoma 1969, p.54]

Indus valley civilization

In the Indus valley civilization, manufacture of bronze mirrors goes back to the time between 2800 and 2500 BCE. [Richard Corson: "Fashions in Makeup: From Ancient to Modern Times", 1972, ISBN 0720604311, p.32]

China

Bronze mirrors were produced in China from neolithic times until the Qing Dynasty, when western glass mirrors were brought to China. Bronze mirrors were usually circular, with one side polished bright, to give a reflection, and the reverse side with designs. They often had a knob in the center so that they could be attached to clothing. Some of the earliest examples of Chinese bronze mirrors belonged to the Neolithic Qijia culture from around 2000 BCE. However, until Warring States times, bronze mirrors were not common with approximately only twenty having been discovered. During the Warring States period, mirrors became particularly popular. It was during the Han Dynasty, and the introduction of the TLV mirror, that mirrors started to be mass-produced. Both Han and Tang mirrors are considered to be the most technically advanced. Bronze mirrors continued to remain popular up through the Song Dynasty, but then gradually lost their popularity and ceased to be produced after the arrival of Western mirrors during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Europe

In Europe, bronze mirrors from the Bronze Age have been discovered from various places, including Britain and Italy. A notable example includes the Birdlip mirror. Etruscan mirrors were produced from between the sixth and second centuries BCE. Celtic mirrors in Britain were produced up until the Roman conquest.

ee also

* Shinju-kyo

References

Further reading

* B. Schweig: “Mirrors”, "Antiquity", Vol. 15 (1941), pp.257-268


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