13th Century Bronze Mirror Case
This is a portable hinged mirror case in working order. It consists of two circular dishes, which are hinged together with side lugs for locking and suspension. The reflective glass was fixed inside using a cement form of adhesive. The cement is evident in both inner sections of the mirror and there are traces of the original glass. The decorative design on both sides of the outer lids comprises of a punched dotted design forming the outline of a cross.
The use of portable mirrors was popular amongst pilgrims, who believed that catching the reflection of a saint onto the mirror, imbued it with special virtues.
The mirror measures 3cms in diameter and 4.2cm from hinge to clasp. It is in very good condition for its age.