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Mirror case of copper-alloy

Medieval, mid-13th to 15th century.

Found in the 1970s during excavations of the archaeological section of the Winchester Museum on Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire.

The mirror, of which only the body remains, is decorated with perforated patterns. Such objects are not rare finds, with four known excavations in Winchester and several recorded as metal detector finds. Their geographical distribution, mostly in the south of England and on the coast, has led some experts to speculate that they were made in the Low Countries and imported into England by sea.