the Hera Convex Mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

My new mirror is named Hera and is composed of a small gilded frame studded with citrine and faux smoky quartz spheres.   Large gold leafed Venetian beads ring the frame.  Rings of gold Venetian glass rods embellish the inner details.

The Hera convex mirror is around 7 inches in diameter.

Jewelry for walls!

If you are interested in this mirror please contact me.

Hera was the wife of the god Zeus and represented the ideal woman and was goddess of marriage and the family. However, she was perhaps most famous for her jealous and vengeful nature, principally aimed against the lovers of her husband and their illegitimate offspring. Hera herself was notable as one of the very few deities that remained faithful to her partner and she therefore came to symbolise monogamy and fidelity.

The Borghese Hera, Roman after a Greek original.
Hera and Argus by Peter Paul Rubens circa 1610
In his Metamorphoses Ovid relates how Jupiter despatched Mercury, the messenger of the gods, to kill Argus. At the bidding of Juno, Jupiter’s jealous consort, Argus was holding captive Jupiter’s lover Io, who had been turned into a cow. He was guarding her ‘with Argus eyes’, to prevent any further hanky-panky.Rubens shows us in the foreground the lifeless body of the decapitated, hundred-eyed Argus, whose glowing eyes are being removed by Juno in order to decorate the plumage of the peacock, the bird dedicated to her. This bloodthirsty scene from ancient mythology, which Rubens cloaks with an almost solemn atmosphere, is rarely painted. Magnificently he stages the eyes of the peacock, which, as the symbol of vision, are naturally of particular importance to an artist. Like a manifesto of the art of painting, he composes the picture in a magnificent chord of blue, yellow and red, showing the repertoire of the primary colours, while the rainbow that appears in the middle represents the spectrum of light.