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the Tycho Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

tycho-convex-mirror-9-5TheTycho convex mirror is composed of  flat, round cabochons that were mirrored then attached onto a silver gilded surface.  The sides of the frame have layers of black and clear Venetian rods applied that are sealed with clear resin.

The frame is 9.5 inches in diameter and is currently in my studio pending being sent to one of my showrooms.

Jewelry for walls.

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The Tycho convex mirror is named for Tycho Brahe(1546–1601), was a Danish nobleman known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical observations. Famous in his lifetime as an astronomer, astrologer and alchemist, he has been described as “the first competent mind in modern astronomy to feel ardently the passion for exact empirical facts.”  Brahe did not work with a telescope to aid with his observations of the heavens, that happened with Galileo.  But Brahe’s naked eye measurements were so precise using a simple sextant and quadrant that many stand today.  Tycho Brahe expanded our concept of the universe from a self-contained celestial body to the infinite.

One interesting note is that Brahe lost part of his nose in a duel.  He wore a brass fake nose for the rest of his life.

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