the Selene Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Selene convex mirror is composed of selenite spears and nuggets on a metal leafed frame.  Crystal spheres of various sizes add to the frothing richness of the design.

This mirror is about 18 inches in diameter.

The Selene convex mirror is in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.  You can contact me through this website for further information.

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Of course, every creation I make is named after something in mythology, literature, nature or opera.  Selene is no different.  Her story comes after you read about this fascinating mineral: Selenite

Selenite is a specially wonderful mineral in that it conducts light with an unusual intensity and iridescence.  Each selenite crystal seems like its lit from inside when it is turned towards the sun in a certain way.

This is a picture of part of the Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico.  The cave is filled with gigantic selenite crystals up to 39 feet long and 3 feet in diameter, weighing 55 tons.

In gemology, chatoyancy, or cat’s eye effect, is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones and semi-gemstones. Coined from the French “œil de chat”, meaning “cat’s eye”, chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, as in tiger’s eye, rubies and sapphires and selenite.

Selene as the Personification of Night by Anton Raphael Mengs, circa 1765.

In Greek Mythology, Selene is the goddess of the moon. She is the daughter of the Titans, Hyperion and Theia, and sister of the sun god Helios and Eos, goddess of the dawn. She drives her moon chariot across the heavens. Several lovers are attributed to her in various myths, including Zeus, Pan and the mortal Endymion( She is often linked with Endymion, whom she loved and whom Zeus cast into eternal sleep in a cave on Mount Latmus; there, Selene visited him and became the mother of 50(!!!) daughters).

Selene and Endymion by George Frederick Watts, 1872

In classical times, Selene was often identified with Artemis, much as her brother, Helios, was identified with Apollo. Selene and Artemis were also associated with Hectate , and all three were regarded as lunar goddesses, but only Selene was regarded as the personification of the moon itself. Her Roman equivalent is Luna.

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Figure of Selene from, “Flora, seu florum…”, Ferrari 1646. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Roman statue of Luna, Palatine Hill, Rome