the Hemera convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Hemera convex mirror started out in life as a small modest sunburst frame. I refinished the frame with gold leaf and added multiple layers of Venetian glass rods. At the end of each “ray” is a spoke made up of a teardrop of yellow jade topped with a sphere of the same.

The Hemera convex mirror is about 9.5 inches in diameter. It is hanging in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.

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Hemera was the the primordial Greek goddess (protogenos) of the day. She was a daughter of Erebos (Darkness) and Nyx (Night) and the sister and wife of Aether( Heavenly Light).

Every evening Hemera’s mother Nyx drew her dark veil across the sky, obscuring the the shining blue of the heavenly ether (aither), and bringing night to earth. With each morn Hemera dispersed her mother’s mists, bathing the earth again in the light of the ether. In the ancient cosmogonies night and day were actual substances distinct and independent of the sun. The sun ruled the day but was not its source.

A rather cloying painting of Hemera by William-Adolphe Bouguereau( 1881)
Henry Fuseli (Swiss, Zürich 1741–1825 London) Night and Her Children Aither and Hemera, ca.1810-1815 Swiss, British, Soft-ground etching; Sheet: 12 1/4 × 11 1/2 in. (31.1 × 29.2 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1963 (63.517.4)
A wondrously impressionistic image of Hemera on a black figure lekythos( an oil storage vessel) circa 5th century BC