Hegira 5th-6th century / AD 11th-12th century
Silver, cast iron
Diameter 18 cm
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.
"Mirror" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;gr;Mus21;10;en&id=gold_and_silver
MWNF Working Number: GR 10