Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Chapter Ten. On mutilated mirrors By

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The act of breaking or covering over a mirror is commonly accompanied by strong feelings, probably because of the widespread perception that a mirror contains within itself another world that is no longer accessible if the mirror, a kind of pathway to that world, is closed down. This chapter surveys as fully as possible the published examples of ritual cancellation or damaging of Etruscan mirrors, and probes the nature of the belief that may have motivated these acts. Thus far only a small percentage of Etruscan mirrors have been identified as having been intentionally mutilated so that they could no longer be used. The chapter suggests that there is yet another category to be recognized and that is mirrors that have been pounded or hammered. Finally, two appendices are presented. The first appendix deals with mirrors of śuθina, and the second appendix deals with mutilated mirrors.

Keywords: Etruscan mirrors; mirrors of śuθina; mutilated mirrors



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation