Ancient Magic Mirror Uncovered

This Summer, Israel Hayom ran this lovely story about a magic mirror from Late Antiquity being discovered on an archaelogical dig. The story begins:

An excerpt reads:

‘According to Navit Popovitch, IAA curator of the classical periods, “The fragment is part of a ‘magical mirror’ from the Byzantine period, the 4th–6th centuries CE. A glass mirror, for protection against the evil eye, was placed in the middle of the plaque: the idea was that the evil spirit, such as a demon, who looked in the mirror, would see his own reflection, and this would protect the owner of the mirror. Similar mirror plaques have been found in the past as funerary gifts in tombs, to protect the deceased in their journey to the world to come.”‘

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