Bronze mirrors have been found in tombs dating back as far as 3,500 years ago. The back of the mirror lent itself to decoration - whether designs featuring dragons, mythological figures, and cosmological symbols, or sumptuous inlay in mother-of-pearl, gold, and silver. The knob at the center had a silk tassel that was used to hold the mirror. Over time the bronze darkened, but when they were new, these mirrors shone like gold.
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005