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The Egyptian Mirror

Specchio EgizioThis reproduction of an Egyptian mirror was inspired by two objects found and now displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Florence. In shape and material, the metal section is modelled after a handleless mirror that dates from between the New Kingdom and the Late Period.
The handle is a reproduction, in its shape and colour, of a wooden handle dating from the New Kingdom. It is probably made from sycamore, which was a tree very sacred to the goddess Hathor.

The shape is similar to the hieroglyph hem, and on the front and rear is embellished with two vertical hieroglyphic inscriptions that mean: “Singer of Hathor, lady of Dendera, the lady of the Bay house, justified”, and “Singer of Hathor, lady of the southern sycamore, the lady of the Bay house justified”.
Evidently, following the death of the lady of the household, the mirror with its inscription was placed among her funerary goods so that she could continue to use it in the afterlife.

 


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