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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Mirror Case Hinge Fragment
Work Type
mirror case
mid 4th century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
Classical period, Late
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Physical Descriptions

Copper alloy
joined to F: 1.2 x 3.6 x 1.2 cm (1/2 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in.)
Technical Details

Technical Observations: 1895.241.D is a hinge made up of two thin, hammered sheet metal components held together by an iron pin, which has rusted and congealed the mechanism. The copper alloy components are covered with green corrosion products, some burial accretions, and some rust. Most of the pieces assembled under 1895.241 have at least a few small crystalline black growths of copper sulfide that result from post-excavation storage conditions. They are cracked in a few areas, having been embrittled by mineralization. One of these cracks has been consolidated in the past with adhesive. Neither the size nor the shape of the hinge reflects the cut out section of 1895.241.A. It is therefore not possible for these components to have been originally part of the same box mirror.

Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Professor C.E. Norton and Richard Norton
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
1895.241.D is a two-part hinged attachment that connected the lid and bottom case for a box mirror. The top part consists of a rectangular element of sheet bronze connecting with the bottom part of the hinge. The corresponding part of the hinge consists of a rectangular projection, almost the same size as that of the top part. There is also a somewhat wider downward projection, again of sheet bronze, which terminates in four loops that alternate with the three loops on the upper component.
David G. Mitten

Subjects and Contexts

  • Ancient Bronzes

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