About this object

Polished bronze disk shaped mirror with tang. At the bottom is one line engraved with hieroglyphs giving the name and titles of a man called Idi-wer (Idi the Elder) who was a sole companion and lector priest of the 6th Dynasty. The handle is missing.

Transliteration: smr waty Xry Hbt idi-wr. The Old Kingdom name determinative (A50) of a man of rank seated on a chair is used and the human ear rather than the ear of an ox (F21). There is a mirror disc in Brussels inscribed for Mri-ppy-Hb-sd who shares the same titles (E4305).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Old Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    2345 - 2181 BC (Dynasty 6)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    4 mm x 97 mm x 109 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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