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.
Ancient Roman Bronze Mirror
An Ancient Roman bronze mirror featuring a large, flat, circular body and a short tanged handle, pierced through for attachment. The front polished face retains good reflectivity, whist the back displays some green patination. A circular incised line can be seen on the reverse under the patination. The mirror raises at the centre and the rim into a slightly protruding knob and shoulders.
Condition: Good condition, a minor crack to the edge.