Ceramic version of John Dee’s scrying mirror. Red terracotta with black slip detailing and poured black gloss glaze.
Diameter approx. 7cm
John Dee, Elizabethan magician, astrologer and mathematician was thought to have owned a black spirit mirror or ‘shew-stone’ used to summon visions and see into the future hoping for guidance, prophecy, revelation or inspiration. The mirror, originally made from obsidian (volcanic glass), was brought from Mexico to Europe between 1527 and 1530