Silver mirror on a bronze stand, Roman, 200 BCE-200 CE

Made:
200 BCE-200 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown

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Mirror, silver, on bronze stand in form of a male youth standing on a tortoise, mirror probably replica, Roman, 200BC-200AD

Mirrors were introduced into the Roman Empire from Egypt. This mirror, which is believed to be a copy, is made from silver and would have been highly polished to allow the user to study their reflection. The bronze base, which is original, shows a young man standing on a tortoise. The tortoise is associated with Aphrodite, the Roman goddess of fertility and with the Roman god Hermes, who made a lyre (a stringed instrument) from a tortoiseshell.

Wealthier Romans were concerned with their physical appearance. Mirrors such as these were likely to have been used during washing and when applying cosmetics.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A155232
Materials:
mirror, silver and stand, bronze
type:
mirror
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
credit:
Bruno, G.E.