Mirror handle

Likely not ancient


Length: 15.4 cm (6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

The handle of this mirror is carved of a light wood to represent an animal head on both front and back of the upper portion. The heads have bovine features and a wig of the goddess Hathor. It is thus likely intended to be a semi-bovine representation of that deity, whose likeness is a common decorative on household items and especially mirrors. The handle has been equiped with a slot on top for insertion of the mirror disc. This item is probably a modern forgery, possibly rendered in a style meant to mimic mirrors of New Kingdom date.


By 1947: in the possession of Mrs. Walter Atherton; 1947: given to the MFA by Mrs. Walter Atherton.
(Accession Date: September 18, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Walter Atherton