the Daughter of the Night convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Daughter of the Night convex mirror is on the small size( about 10.25 inches in diameter) but carries a lot of dazzle. I used stacks of thin Venetian glass rods then sprinkled the top with glass cabochons. The tips have rough rock crystal with spheres.

Nyx, Goddess of the Night by Gustave Moreau, 1880

Hoowee, when I named this mirror Daughter of the Night I was thinking of my previous mirror, Queen of the Night. But when I researched what daughter of the night goddess I found that the mythology is way more ominous than I anticipated.

In Greek mythology Nyx was the goddess of the Night, and working with her husband, Erebus (Darkness), would bring a close to each day. Nyx was considered to be a dark goddess, and as a result, many “dark”, deities of the Greek pantheon were named as her children. Nyx had 1,000 daughters. Their names/attributes are pretty grim. Eris was the goddess of Strife and Discord. Nemisis was the goddess of Retribution and Oizys was the goddess of Misery and Destruction!

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Nemisis, and engraving by Albrecht Durer( 1501-2)
Nemisis by Alfred Rethel, 1837
And who can forget Jessye Norman in the Met’s production of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle when she was condemned to be Bluebeard’s fourth wife “Night” for eternity. Her heavy gown and jewels of starlight glitter in the darkening set.