Mirrors: Metal mirrors from India

Srinivasan, Sharada (2008) Mirrors: Metal mirrors from India. In: Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, 2nd ed. Springer Verlag, New York, 1699 -1704. ISBN 9781402045592

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    Abstract: Metal mirrors have a long antiquity in various parts of the old world and Asia. Mirrors have had considerable magico-religious and aesthetic significance in parts of Asia, for example in China and India. The English word 'speculation' comes from the Roman words meaning magic for telling the future by looking in a mirror (speculum), and mirror divination is still taught in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The motif of the celestial maiden, deity or dancer admiring herself in a mirror is an enduring one in Indian sculpture, as exemplified by a Kushan sculpture of a Yakshi or tree nymph from Sanghol (first and second century CE).
    Item Type: Book Section
    Subjects: School of Humanities > Art History
    Divisions: Schools > Humanities
    Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 10:31
    Last Modified: 08 May 2015 10:00
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/327

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