New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose IV, ca. 1400–1390 B.C.E.
Upper Egypt; Thebes
Bronze or copper alloy, H. 29 cm (11 7/16 in); diam. 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in) weight 1.2 kg (2.7 lbs)
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1972 (1972.118.30)
There are many examples of these mirrors, each with a papyrus branch and a woman: |
The lady in the Met's example, in addition to the papyrus umbel serving as a crown, is also holding a papyrus. Why do all these mirrors have this symbol?
Those using the mirrors hope for youthful rejuvenation, and may have hoped the use of this symbol would aid in achieving it.