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Mirror

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The hairstyle of the nude female figure on the handle of this mirror—thick braids surrounding the face—was popular in the middle of the Eighteenth Dynasty, allowing art historians to date the work.
MEDIUM Silver and copper alloy
  • Reportedly From: Aswan, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1478-1390 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 x diam. 5 1/2 in. (24.7 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.635E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mirror, ca. 1478-1390 B.C.E. Silver and copper alloy, 9 3/4 x diam. 5 1/2 in. (24.7 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.635E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 37.635E_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Mirror made of silver and copper alloy. Nude female figure-handle. Condition: Vivid dark green patina with some brown areas. Portions afflicted by bronze disease. Obverse has encrustations on parts. Technique: Disc cast without subsequent hammering; handle is solid one-piece casting, even the detail of girl's necklace and sides of papyrus umbrel are cast.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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