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Roman Mirror with handle
Geneva | Mirrors
 
Date:  1st Century AD2nd Century AD
Culture:  Roman
Category:  Mirrors
Medium:  Bronze
Dimension: H: 21.2 cm
Price: $3,300.00
Provenance: Ex- European private collection, 1980's.
Serial No: 11320

This mirror impresses by its preservation as well as by its elegant form and proportions. It consists of two elements separately melted and then welded, the disk and its handle, thin and vertical. Its original appearance (silver color), which appears under the surface patina, is caused by the high tin content of the alloy (a high tin content makes the surface lighter and whiter but the metal obtained is less malleable and more brittle).

The disc is flat and simple: the decoration is limited to series of circular lines as well as small circles with center point engraved near the edge on both sides. The perimeter is enriched with twenty one double loops. The vertical rod has at its end has a partially deformed button and two constrictions shown by raised lines. A curved element, resembling a regular branch, allows connection with the disc.

In Roman times, the mirror was an essential element of the toilet, not only feminine but also masculine. As indicated in the written sources, there were different kinds of mirrors: the most frequent were the small circles, others were square; Others, larger, were fixed on the domestic walls and allowed to see each other in their entirety. It was also a luxury item, as is proved by the silver mirrors belonging to certain treasures of silver (the treasure of Boscoreale, for example, has two).