the Pollione convex mirror

In All by Mark Evans

The Pollione convex mirror is a brother of the La Colombe mirror in that they are roughly the same size and shape. But where La Colombe is brilliantly silver and white, Pollione is deeply gold verging on tortoise shell. Stacks of gold, amber, straw and light brown Venetian glass rods were attached to a gilded frame. The center, raised frame is studded with citrine spheres.

The Pollione convex mirror is around 10 inches in diameter and is being sent to the Ainsworth-Noah in Atlanta. Their number is 404-240-2137

An illustration of one of the first productions of Norma
The divine Maria Callas with her Pollione, Franco Corelli( 1964)

Norma, an opera was written by Vincenzo Bellini in 1831. The Pollione mirror is named after one of the great cads in this opera. To summerize the plot and Pollione’s part in it:

The action takes place in Gaul under the Roman occupation, and is centered on the love triangle  between Pollione, the Roman proconsul of Gaul, Norma, his former companion, and the young Adalgisa. The background is the uprising of the Gallic people against the Roman occupiers, led by the Druid Oroveso.

Norma, the high priestess of the Druid temple, who had two children by Pollione, the Roman proconsul of Gaul, breaking her Druid chastity vows, discovers that her lover is now in love with her friend, the young Druid priestess Adalgisa. Norma tries to convince Pollione to give up Adalgisa and return to her, but he refuses. Norma publicly confesses her fault and is sentenced to death by fire. Pollione is convicted for pursuing Adalgisa in the temple and goes to the stake with Norma.