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Rare and historically important Astrological Islamic bronze calendar!

Rare and historically important Astrological Islamic bronze calendar!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Metalwork: Pre 1492: Item # 1372807
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A very rare and historically important bronze mirror Islamic, Likely Khorassan, 10th.-12th. century AD.

The mirror is highly interesting since the reflection side is divided in 9 symethric compartements and covered with 100s of engraved signs (perhaps numbers) and we belive it's a of a sort of a astrological, matemathic calender. The back decorated with a complicated and quite beautiful floral pattern. This is the first mirror we've seen or heard of with this calendar on the front! Excessively rare and interesting to learn more about the use of the calendar.

The engraving on the reflection side was made a little later and two holes were drilled to carry it in a string.

Islamic mirrors were mostly made in bronze and imitated in style the mirrors from Chinese Han Dynasty.

Size: 85 mm. in diameter.

Condition: Choice, as seen and described.

Ex. Important Danish Private Collection, bought in the Ancient Near East in the 1950s-1960s.