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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English, Greek.

Name of Object:

Mirror

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

About Benaki Museum, Athens

Date of Object:

Hegira 5th-6th century / AD 11th-12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

13770

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silver, cast iron

Dimensions:

Diameter 18 cm

Period / Dynasty

Fatimid

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

The silver facing of this mirror is a rare instant of precious metalwork to survive from the Fatimid era. It is decorated with typically Fatimid scrolls, heart-shaped motifs and benedictory kufic inscriptions. The mirror’s circular shape with a pierced central boss allowing a string to pass through and be used as a handle has its origins in China. The Chinese models may have reached Egypt either via Iran or by the Indian ocean and Red sea trade route.

Citation of this web page:

 "Mirror" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;10;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 10

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 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Fatimids


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