Peering Through Time: Early Mirrors in Mesoamerica — Elite Item and Divination Tool

Mirrors are known to have been used by human beings for thousands of years. In Mesoamerica polished stones were used to make some of the earliest mirrors. These date from around the middle of the 2nd millennium BC. For the Mesoamericans, mirrors were not used merely as tools for personal grooming. Instead, they took on symbolic meanings as well, and were also often used for divination. What did they hope to see when they peered into the shiny objects?

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