Roman Bronze Hand Mirror


A Roman bronze mirror with one smooth, polished face, one face with a series of incised concentric circles and a central flower, and a cast bronze handle.

Date:Ca. 1st–3rd century AD

Size: L:180mm / W:102mm ; 184g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Property of a London gallery, previously in old British collection formed in the 1970s.



Mirrors such as these were important luxury items in the Roman world. Items such as this one were predominately owned by aristocratic women and are frequently found in graves and sanctuary settings, demonstrating their value as both an item of wealth and a possible ritual object. For more on Roman mirrors, see G. Lloyd-Morgan, ‘The antecedents and development of the Roman hand mirror’, in H. M. Blake, T. W. Potter and D. B. Whitehouse (eds), Papers in Italian Archaeology I: the Lancaster Seminar. Recent Research in Prehistoric, Classical and Medieval Archaeology, BAR Supplementary Series 41 (Oxford; 1978), 227-35.

Additional information

Weight 184 kg
Dimensions 18 × 10.2 cm

Ancient Roman