Pilgrims Mirror Case

Personal Accessory #2. Mirror Case

  • Time period:15th Century
  • Origin: England
  • Materials: Pewter, mirror
  • Product Dimensions: Dimensions; 50mm diameter

Further details:

This mirror is similar to the cosmetic mirrors carried by both men and women of rank on their persons - usually in the pouch. It was not strictly a cosmetic tool however, being sold and used by pilgrims as a type of 'touch reliquary'. By capturing the reflection of a shrine within the mirror case, it was believed that some of the power of the shrine would return with them.

The crucifixion scene shows Saint John to the left, with a bible, and Mary to the right carrying a purse. Above the figure of Christ is a sun and moon.


Period: 1400 - 1500 AD, 1500 - 1600 AD

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