the Justinian Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

The Justinian convex mirror is composed of a roughly gilded frame that is loaded with various shades of Venetian glass rods.  The rods that range from brown to plum to gold and grey.  By layering them together the give the impression of iridescent bronze.  Scattered over the surface are gold colored cabochons.

The dramatically stacked frame around the mirror is like a thick, deep collar of jewels.

The Justinian convex mirror is about 23 inches in diameter.  It is currently in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.  If you’d like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jewelry for walls!

The Byzantine emperor Justinian I ( 482-565 AD) was one of the most charismatic and powerful monarchs of the Byzantine empire.  He sought to bring back the splendor and reach of the Roman Empire and for many reasons he succeeded.  Justinian precided over the rebuilding of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and, for that alone, we are grateful.  No other building in the world evokes the richness and dazzle of the Byzantine Empire.

For more on Justinian go to: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/just/hd_just.htm

Emperor Justinian the Great; from the mosaics in the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.

Justinian and his retinue bringing gifts to the church’s consecration.

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul today.

The central panel of the Barberini Ivories( early 6th century) depicting Justinian.

Jeweled bracelets from the Justinian’s court. An example of the incredible luxury and detailed craftsmanship of the era.

A painting of the interior of the Hagia Sophia by John Singer Sargent painted in 1891.