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the Klingsor Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

Klingsor Mirror 7.25"

The Klingsor mirror has four kinds of materials in it.  Aside from the lacquered black frame the materials include rutilated quartz, silver quartz, clear quartz crystal spheres, glass beads and black pearls.  Instead of a mirror there is a faceted smoky quartz jewel backed with a mirror.

This mirror is about 7.25 inches in diameter and is currently in my studio pending being sent to one of my showrooms.

Jewelry for walls.

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Klingsor Mirror 7.25"

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Klingsor was the main villain in the medieval epic poem, Parsifal by Wolfram von Eschenbach.  It was written in the early 13th century.  Parsifal was a knight whose quest was to find the Holy Grail( the cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper).  The Holy Grail has miraculous powers of bestowing eternal life, happiness and abundance.

Richard Wagner adapted the poem in his last opera, Parsifal which premiered in 1882.

Klingsor was a mythical sorcerer, the Duke of Terre Labur. He was castrated by Ibert and became a wizard. Some say he was a bishop. In some versions, he imprisoned several queens, including King Arthur’s mother.  In the Wagnerian version of Parsifal’s quest for the Holy Grail, Klingsor was refused admission to the Temple of the Grail so he built a garden of delight nearby where many knights seeking the grail were seduced from their honourable path. He took the sacred spear from Amfortas and wounded him with it. When he tried to kill Parsifal with the spear, it miraculously stopped in its flight and floated round Parsifal’s head. Parsifal used the spear as a means to destroy the garden and banish Klingsor from the earth.

Anders Breivik Behring aka Klingsor

Anders Breivik Behring as Klingsor.

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The design for Klingsor’s castle in the 1903 production of Parsifal at the Met.