the Cybele Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Cybele convex mirror is made with smoky quartz points and gold and bronze Venetian glass rods.  I added small tiger eye beads to finish off the inner ring of the frame.

This mirror is about 15 inches in diameter.  It was sent to the Home showroom in Denver.  For more information call 303-282-8696 

Jewelry for walls.

Cybele, sometimes referred to as Kybele, was introduced by some the first inhabitants of Phrygia, an ancient country in Asia Minor, known later as Anatolia. Much later, after the empiric rise of Rome, Cybele, referred to as the Magna Mater or “Great Mother” became an important symbol of the empire.


Loved throughout the Hellenistic period of ancient Greece, by people of various backgrounds, Cybele came to be known as the mother of all gods and eventually of all life. Cybele controlled every aspect of life on Earth, from plants to animals to men. All fertility was her under control and people in Anatolia, who had a profound respect for nature, believed Cybele also had the power to spare mankind from the sometime destructive cycles of nature. For the people of that time, Cybele came to be regarded as a protectress of civilization itself and she was highly respected.

Cybele comes with considerable baggage.  I’m talking hermaphrodites, castration, eunuchs, drunken/drug fueled  rites and incest!  For more go to

Marble statue of Cybele, Roman, circa 50AD
This statuette, in the collection of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, is thought to be roughly 7000 years old.

Cybele drawn in her chariot by lions towards a votive sacrifice (right). Above are the Sun God and heavenly objects. Plaque from Ai Khanoum, Bactria, Afganistan, 2nd century BC. Gilded silver.