- This mirror was discovered in about 1860 at Pont Fadog, near the farm of Llechwedd-du Bach near
Harlech, Gwynedd. Also found with the mirror was a tinned bronze platter.
- Bronze mirrors were high value personal items during the Late Iron Age (c.50BC-AD50). They have
been found accompanying high status female burials in southern Britain.
- At the time of its discovery no skeleton was recorded and the question of whether the Llechwedd-du
finds were found in a woman's grave will remain unanswered.
- It is likely that mirrors held a symbolic and ritual significance. The reflection created by the shiny
metal may have been seen as a link with the 'Other world'.
- Often, the reverse sides of these mirrors were carefully engraved with beautiful flowing designs.
These are some of the most stunning examples of Late La T�ne art, sometimes known as the 'mirrorstyle'. The design outlines were created with a pair of compasses, whilst some of the voids were
emphasised by cross-hatching pattern.
- Although the Llechwedd-du mirror is undecorated, the handle design allows for comparison with
well dated examples of the Late Iron Age. But its association with a Roman platter suggests that the
two objects were buried during the early decades of Roman occupation in Wales (AD30-75).
- The mirror is similar to a present day hand mirror. The maximum diameter of the mirror plate is
206mm and the maximum length of the mirror is 296mm. The handle is 100mm long and the mirror