Decorated bronze mirror


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Bronze mirror. Reflecting surface with green patination, back of mirror highly decorated. The mirror is made from three pieces - a cast handle, the main mirror plate and a tubular binding strip around the edge. The pattern is very complex. It has a symetrical outline in the form of a lyre with flanking coils. The pattern may have been laid out using a pair of compasses. Parts of the decoration are engraved, using a graver, with a basket-weave pattern and hatched texturing to make the pattern stand out.


  • Title: Decorated bronze mirror
  • Date Created: -50/50
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 350.00mm (total length); Length: 239.00mm (mirror without handle); Width: 258.00mm (mirror); Thickness: 5.00mm (mirror); Width: 69.00mm (base of handle); Width: 30.00mm (top and middle of handle); Length: 115.00mm (handle); Thickness: 10.00mm (top o
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: engraved
  • Subject: leaf
  • Registration number: 1924,0109.1
  • Place: Found/Acquired Desborough
  • Period/culture: Iron Age
  • Material: bronze
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Art Fund

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