07/08/2017 - 08/12/2017
The first mirror — likely a pool of still water — allowed humans to see themselves as others did. Later came polished surfaces — copper, bronze, silver, pyrite, even stone — though the quality of the image was so very low that Paul, in Corinthians 13:12, used it as a symbol for obfuscation…seeing, as in a mirror, darkly.
As craft improved, mirrors became aestheticized — luxurious, decorative objects — costly works that denoted wealth and conferred status. Artifacts valued as much to look at as to look in.
Then came science and a myriad of uses: periscopes, telescopes and the single-lens reflex camera. Convex, fun house, side and rear view, safety, dental, architectural and one-way. Mirror image, mirror writing, mirrored sunglasses and the vanity table. The looking glass is the forerunner of the selfie. We are all Narcissus, to one degree or another.For More Information