the Caral convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Caral convex mirror is a combination of Sodalite oblisks with a gold leafed frame and gold beads, blue Venetian glass rods and a 22 carat gold gilded convex mirror. I have always loved the combination of gold and blue.

It is rare that one finds convex mirrors in gold. Its a very tricky technique but the results are dazzling.

The Caral convex mirror is about 15 inches in diameter. It resides in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.

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Sodalite is a tectosilicate mineral with the formula Na ₈Cl ₂, with royal blue varieties widely used as an ornamental gemstone. Although massive sodalite samples are opaque, crystals are usually transparent to translucent. 

I have been collecting mineral spheres for decades and one of my first and most cherished is Sodalite. It resembles lapis lazuli but is a bit earthier.

The Sacred City of Caral-Supe, or simply Caral, is an ancient archaeological site in Peru where the remains of the main city of the Caral civilization are found. It is located in the Supe valley of Peru.

Trade with other communities as far flung as Bolivia resulted in the use of sodalite in Caral artwork and musical instruments

The 5000-year-old 626-hectare archaeological site of The Sacred City of Caral-Supe is situated on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green valley of the Supe river. It dates back to the Late Archaic Period of the Central Andes and is the oldest centre of civilization in the Americas. Exceptionally well-preserved, the site is impressive in terms of its design and the complexity of its architectural, especially its monumental stone and earthen platform mounts and sunken circular courts. One of 18 urban settlements situated in the same area, Caral features complex and monumental architecture, including six large pyramidal structures. A quipu (the knot system used in Andean civilizations to record information) found on the site testifies to the development and complexity of Caral society. The city’s plan and some of its components, including pyramidal structures and residence of the elite, show clear evidence of ceremonial functions, signifying a powerful religious ideology.

Caral was a thriving metropolis at roughly the same time as the great pyramids were being built in Egypt, which is considered one of the earliest civilizations in the world.

The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.