04 February 2011

Oh my, Narcissus

Bronze Mirror
circa 80BC
Bedford Museum
By Simon Speed (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you never knew how you looked? I'm not talking about being blind. I'm talking about a pre-mirror world.

According to wikimedia, the first man-made mirrors were probably simply vessels filled with water. In its stillness, people saw their faces. But then we got polished obsidian, other stones and polished metals such as copper and bronze.

Imagine putting your make up on relying on a watery reflection? Then again, after the cruelty of some bathroom mirrors, water has a definite appeal.

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