Artist Islamic, Turkish
  • Mirror with a Harpy
Date between 1100 and 1200
Medium Leaded bronze
Dimensions Overall: 1/4 × 3 5/8 inches (0.6 × 9.2 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 29.225
Department Islamic Art
On View Islamic N120, Level 1 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, in Armenian, on the reverse: [Date (?) ] | [translated: St Gozman and | Damianos R]
(Rudolf M. Riefstahl, Ferndale, Michigan, USA);
1929-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Baer, Eva. Sphinxes and Harpies in Medieval Islamic Art. Jerusalem, 1965, pl. XIX, no. 33 (ill.), pp. 16, 17 [suggests this form of harpy should be regarded as guardian against evil], pp. 48, 49 [different types of harpies described].