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Historical Archive: Mirrors, Mirror Backs, Mirror Cases
Representations follow surviving examples.


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birth of Athena, Etrusco-Italic bronze mirror back fr. Arezzo, 330-310 BCE, Bologna IT 1073. For details see Bologna.
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winged genius, silver, Etruscan c.200-150 BCE, poss. from Chiusi, MFAB
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bone mirror case, 12th c., MoL 4954
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mirror, transformed tablet reliquary; silver, copper, wood; Mosan c.1200, MRAH V.2132
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ivory mirror case with chess game, Paris c.1300, V&A 803-1891. This work has its own page.
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ivory mirror case with courtly couples, Paris c.1300-30, KGM F 1337
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courting couple: Tristan and Iseult with Ogrin?, ivory mirror back, Paris c.1300-1350, Cluny Cl.383
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scenes of courtly love, ivory mirror back, Paris c.1300-1350, Cluny Cl.401
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mirror-back with courtly couple, 2nd quarter of 14th c. Paris, Louvre.
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dressing table, satinwood/bronze/glass, Charles Plumet and Tony Selmersheim 1896-97, KGM 1897,232
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dressing table, oblique view
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Projecta with mirror: Projecta Casket, silver and gold, c.380, BM 1866,1229.1, which has its own page
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Venus with mirror: Projecta Casket, silver and gold, c.380, BM 1866,1229.1, which has its own page
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center left: life of Dionysus, ivory pyxis, 5th c., Bologna pcr 12, which has its own page
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mermaid with comb and mirror, 13th c., south transept crossing pier of Sens cathedral, which has its own interior page.
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Sens cathedral south transept crossing pier, 13th c.
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demon in Hell holding mirror: Giovanni di Paolo 1460-65, Last Judgment, SPN inv. 172, which has its own page
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Lady and the Unicorn, wool/silk tapestry, c.1500, Cluny. For full panel see Cluny.
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Joan van Noort/Jan van Noordt, Susanna and the Elders c.1660, Utrecht RMCC s75, loan from Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam, NK 1700