Egyptian art was also represented by modest objects of daily use. The craftsmanship of these items reveals a degree of perfection equally found in temples and sculptures.
Belonging to the cosmetic set of a stylish Egyptian woman, this small mirror is made of a bronze disk set in a delicately incised handle. This feature represents a female nude wearing a high wig and necklace. Her left arm is bent in a gracious gesture as she holds a bird against her breast.
This is the "profane" counterpart to the classical sacred decoration for the handle of a mirror, the subject which most often presents the face of the goddess Hathor.
Reproduction in patinated bronze
Height: 27 cm
Width: 12.2 cm
Depth: 6 cm
Origin: Egyptian toiletries kit of an Egyptian woman
Era: About 1300-1100 BC, End of the New Empire, Ramesside Era
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum