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6. ROMAN TINNED BRONZE MIRROR

A Roman bronze disc-shaped mirror with a tinned reflective surface and turned and pierced decoration. 1st or 2nd Century AD

This type where the mirror section has been coated on both sides with a thin layer of tin, presumably to give a more realistic reflection. The back of the mirror is decorated with concentric circles. Significant reflective surface remaining. The remainder shows areas of oxidisation of both the bronze and tin, some pitting and light scratching but otherwise intact and stable. A rare and beautiful item in extremely good condition.


Condition: Handle lost, otherwise intact with accretions as seen in the photographs.

Dimensions: 11.1 cms diameter.

Provenance: Ex .Helios Gallery, UK. Previously Ex. collection: Mr and Mrs Broukal, UK; acquired before 1956, thence by descent.

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