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Holcombe Mirror

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1971,0401.1

  • Title (object)

    • Holcombe Mirror
  • Description

    Copper alloy mirror with engraved decoration on the back, binding around the edge of the plate, and a cast openwork handle. The design on back is engraved in outline and infilled with 'basketry'; double-lyre pattern, lyres side by side sharing a common base, outermost has flanking scrolls attached. The handle and mount are cast, consisting of three loops with transverse collars and ring terminal containing two trumpet scrolls; the mount has a pair of domed studs. The plate of the mirror is only 1 mm thick and binding strip around the edge helped to protect it.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 50 BC - AD 70 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 371 millimetres
    • Width: 255 millimetres
    • Thickness: 17.9 millimetres (handle, max)
    • Weight: 799 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Fox 1972 bibliographic details
    • Fox & Pollard 1973 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2016 31 Aug- 26 Mar 2017, Dundee, The McManus, Spotlight Tour: Reflecting the Celts.
    2016 24 May- 22 Aug, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Spotlight Tour: Reflecting the Celts.
    2016 14 Mar- 22 May, Galashiels, Old Gala House, Spotlight Tour: Reflecting the Celts.
    2016, 6 Jan- 9 Mar, Littlehampton Museum, Spotlight Tour: Reflecting the Celts.
    2015- 2016 24 Oct- 4 Jan, Newark, National Civil War Centre, Spotlight Tour: Reflecting the Celts
    2004 Oct 12-2005 Feb 20, Exeter, Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery, 'Prehistory Gallery'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1971

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1970

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1971,0401.1

Copper alloy mirror.  Design on back engraved in outline and infilled with 'basketry'; double-lyre pattern, lyres side by side sharing a common base, outermost has flanking scrolls attached. Handle and mount are cast, three loops with transverse collars a

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Copper alloy mirror. Design on back engraved in outline and infilled with 'basketry'; double-lyre pattern, lyres side by side sharing a common base, outermost has flanking scrolls attached. Handle and mount are cast, three loops with transverse collars a

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