About this artwork
For over 2,000 years, polished stone mirrors were an important component of Mesoamerican attire, ritual, and symbolic imagery. This mirror is made of a single sheet of polished pyrite stone and includes a jade jaguar mosaic at its center. Mirrors often functioned as emblems of rank and office and were typically worn at the small of the back. The depiction of such mirrors in ancient murals, as worn by warriors, priests, and state officials, attests to their importance in the spectacular art of ritual performance in Teotihuacan.
- Mirror with Jaguar or Coyote Mosaic
- 500 CE–600 CE
- Iron pyrite, jade, shell, magnatite or ilmenite, and spondylus shell
- Diam. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)
- S. DeWitt Clough and Ada Turnbull Hertle endowments