The Tamino convex mirror is inspired by the noble prince in Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte( the Magic Flute).
The frame is gold leaf with the mirror suspended in clear resin. The spokes of the mirror are made from randomly beveled pieces of tiger eye topped by matching tiger eye spheres.
This mirror is about 9 inches in diameter and is currently in my studio pending being sent to one of my showrooms.
Jewelry for walls.
Mozart’s opera premiered in 1791. The plot of the opera is like a fairy tale with a moral core based on the rituals of the Freemasons.
In a nutshell the plot goes like this: The Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro’s community and seeks to join it. Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished. The earthy Papageno, who accompanies Tamino on his quest, fails the trials completely but is rewarded anyway with the hand of his ideal female companion Papagena.
Thank you Wikipedia for the summery of the opera.
The trial of fire and water.
The background of the opening image is an illustration for a Magic Flute stage set by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (13 March 1781 – 9 October 1841) executed in 1816.