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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Magic Mirror’s Secrets Revealed

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Curator


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Last month we took our Magic Mirror to Ethicon Endo-Surgery for analysis to learn more about this ancient bronze object and the seemingly magical way it can project the image of the Amida Buddha under certain lighting conditions.

A New Discovery in CAM: A Magic Mirror

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art


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When placed in sunlight, the mirror projects the decorative design on the back of the mirror and seems to become transparent.