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Mirror - Mirror (ayine)

Mirror (ayine)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Iran (Western Iran, probably, cast)

  • Date:

    13th century (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass cast in one

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Flat disc, with a slighly rounded, slanting rim that is fractionally higher than the moulded relief decoration, fitted with a handle The handle has worn incised scroll decoration. The handle is piereced at its tip.

The mirror back is decorated in moulded relief. Five circular cartouches frame human faces with puffed-out cheeks, wearing three-pointed head dresses. The ground is decorated with raised dots.

Patina: deep brown. green sulphurous patches suggest recent oxidation as a result of exposure to humidity.

Place of Origin

Iran (Western Iran, probably, cast)


13th century (cast)



Materials and Techniques

Brass cast in one


Length: 14.5 cm, Diameter: 7.3 cm of disc, Thickness: 0.5 cm

Object history note

This object was sold to the Museum in late 1896, through the Istanbul art-dealers Kevork Ispenian and Antoin Brimo (410 Grand Rue de Pera), as part of a larger consignment of ceramics, metalwork and woodwork. Caspar Purdon Clarke (then Director of the Art Museum) conducted the purchase, and described Ispenian as "the leading dealer in Pera" (V&A Archives).

Descriptive line

Middle East, Metalwork. Cast bronze, Iran, 13th c. Inter-departmental transfer to MES, RF 2011/1170.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Melikian-Chirvani, A.S. Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World, London:HMSO, 1982, p230, ISBN 0 11 290252 9






Middle East Section

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