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Mirror with Papyrus Column Handle Ending in Hathor Capital

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Early Dynasty 18 metalworkers continued the Middle Kingdom tradition of making mirrors with handles in the form of papyrus plants capped by heads of Hathor, a cow-eared goddess associated with love and music. The slender proportions of the drooping papyrus and the goddess's delicate facial features identify this example as an early Eighteenth Dynasty work.

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Reportedly From: Aswan, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 10 15/16 x 5 7/16 x 7/8 in. (27.8 x 13.8 x 2.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.638E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mirror with Papyrus Column Handle Ending in Hathor Capital, ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E. Bronze, 10 15/16 x 5 7/16 x 7/8 in. (27.8 x 13.8 x 2.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.638E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.638E_print_negA_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Mirror and handle, both of bronze. The handle is in the form of a column with terminal in the form of a double Hathor head. Rising from the head is a highly elongated and curved papyrus umbel. Condition: Single rivet through tang. Surface of mirror much scratched and rubbed. Handle rubbed and some of the details obscured. Tang chipped.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (88%)
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