Ancient Art, Antiquities & Ancient Coins

Ancient Roman Lead Mirror 1st-3rd Century AD

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A cast lead mirror with handle and inscription on Greek going around, interesting swastika symbol .56 grams, 103 mm.From the collection of European gentlemen living in London. Fine condition. LITERATURE:Cf. Spasi? Duri?, D., ???? ???????????-The city of Viminacium, (in Serbian), Pozarevac, 2015, fig.78, for similar.FOOTNOTES:Many examples of this category from the Danube region were found in female graves, where they possibly served as grave goods considered appropriate for their connection with general issues of fertility, good fortune, and beauty, or even as protective amulets. Since lead mirror frames have been found in this Roman province only in graves of women, it is probable that these miniature mirrors, fitted with a central glass, were expected to serve as ritual or magical tools to assist souls of dead women in the afterlife.