the Triton convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Triton convex mirror started as a gold leafed frame. I added a rim of emerald green glass nuggets and Venetian glass rods. The rays are fluorite, a green/blue translucent mineral. Fluorite can also be banded in purple and white( known as “Blue John”).

The Triton convex mirror is around 15 inches in diameter. It currently hangs in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.

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This image of Opus tessellatum floor mosaic, depicting Triton, inside the women´s changing-room of the Thermae, archeological site of Herculaneum, Italy, circa AD 79.

Triton is the name of the sea god who in Greek mythology is the son of Poseidon and the nymph Amphitrite. They live together in a golden palace at the bottom of the sea.

Triton is depicted as a fish-tailed sea-god, as the son and herald of Poseidon he stilled the waves with his conch-shell trumpet.

Triton was also described as the god of the Tritonis, a large salt-lake in Libya. When the Argonauts found themselves stranded in the middle of the desert he helped them find passage from the lake back to the sea.

Triton was depicted in Greek vase painting as fish-tailed merman, sometimes bearded, sometimes youthful. In Greek sculpture and mosaic he was often given a double-fish or dolphin tail. Mosaic art also added a pair of crab-claw “horns”, green-tinged skin, and occasionally a pair of equine forelegs. As Poseidon’s herald he had a winged brow and conch-shell trumpet.

Triton was often multiplied into a host of sea-spirits called Tritones( sounds like a 50’s singing group!) which were regarded as satyr-like daimones (spirits) of the sea. These multiple tritons can be seen in paintings depicting the “triumph” of either Poseidon, Amphitrite or Aphrodite.

The Triumph of Neptune( Poseidon) and Amphitrite, Nicholas Poussin, circa 1635