Two Mirrors

Copper alloy mirror
Qustul, Cemetery V, tomb VC48
New Kingdom, reign of Amunhotep III (1390-1352 BCE)
OIM 21694
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010

(From _New Kingdom Remains from Cemeteries R, V, S, and W at Qustul and Cemetery K at Adindan_, by Bruce Beyer Williams, pages 98-99)
This mirror has "been called 'perhaps the most graceful object ever to come out of Nubia.'", which may be exaggerated, but certainly it is elegant. The nude woman is "holding a papyrus umbel on her head and supporting it with her hands. By analogy with many other mirrors that show only the goddess' face, this female figure should be identified as Hathor."

"Apart from the uniquely high quality of the mirror from Qustul, it shares most of the features of pose and attribute with other feminiform mirrors. However, no two of them appear to be alike, and they must have been cast by the lost-wax process as individual works."

Next is another example of these mirrors:

Having possibly photographed the wrong info card, this could be:
OIM 11370 - Mirror - Bronze - 225hx131wx18th mm
Oval, Handle In Form Of Nude Female Figure W Papyrus Leaves Above Head
From this list?
No info available for the two alabaster dishes

Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010

The Brooklyn museum also has an example

As does the Met museum...

The lady in the Met Museum'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?

OIM 10203
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010
The museum info card gives the meaning of the papyrus as "to be rejuvenated". Wilkinson explains the use of it as an amulet "as a symbol for 'green,' and for concepts such as 'flourish', 'joy,' and 'youth." (_Reading Egyptian Art_, page 123)

Those using the mirrors hope for youthful rejuvenation, and may have hoped the use of this symbol would aid in achieving it.

Perhaps there is youthful symbolism in the shape of the mirror itself, as well:

"The disc of the mirror is a visual metaphor for the sun, shown in the New Kingdom as a horizonatally elongated ovaloid - the rising sun rather than the circular disc of noon."
(From _New Kingdom Remains from Cemeteries R, V, S, and W at Qustul and Cemetery K at Adindan_, by Bruce Beyer Williams, pages 97-98)

The circular disc of noon could represent the peak of adulthood and the setting sun old age. But the rising sun has the day ahead of it.

Queen Kawit, a wife of Mentuhotep II, is attended to on her sarcophagus, and has her mirror to inspect the hairdresser's work
The male attendant pouring the Queen a drink says, "For your ka, O mistress."
The KA is an aspect of the soul meaning vital life force.
Trace from a template of various photos, ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2012