Ancient Roman Bronze Mirror with Gold Appliqué


An Ancient Roman bronze mirror featuring a flat circular body. The front face is smooth and retains good reflectivity, whilst the back is decorated. A circular gold appliqué is set at the centre of the piece, displaying a floral-like motif rendered in a repoussé technique. Fine incised lines form concentric circles, decorating the surface around the appliqué and creating a frieze where large radial grooves are arranged evenly. Towards the rim, three concentric ridges raise slightly, forming a delicately textured surface. The piece comes with a wooden custom-made stand.

Date: Circa 3rd Century BC
Condition: Fine condition. Measurements provided include the stand; the mirror diameter is 9.9cm.


Mirrors such as these were usually lined on the surface with tin, which allowed them to be highly polished and offer a better reflective side. These items were highly valued by individuals of Ancient Rome on account of the importance given to appearance and grooming. They were often displayed in public spaces, such as the baths, so that everyone had access to them.

Weight 135.4 g
Dimensions W 12.5 x H 13 cm




Reference: For a similar item, please see The British Museum, item 1894,1101.597-598

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