Ancient with obsidian, gold, silver, crystal, copper, bronze, ground and lapped made into a mirror. In 3000 BC, Egypt has been used to make up the bronze mirror. The 1st century AD, began to have a large mirror can reflect the whole body. Medieval prevailed in ivory or precious metals in a small box with a comb portable small mirror. 12th century to the 13th century
Atlas of the mirror
Early to silver strip or plate to the back of the glass. Mirrors Renaissance Venice as the center and the mirror from the prestigious because of high quality. In the 16th century invented the method of cylinder to make plate glass, also invented the use of mercury amalgam of foil glass with tin method, gradually reduce the metal mirror. In the second half of the 17th century, the French invented by pouring plate glass, make the high quality glass mirror. Mirror has become a interior decoration and its border. The end of the 18th century produced big pier glass and used for furniture. Tin amalgam method, while harmful to human body, applied to the 19th century. In 1835, German chemist J.v on lai than invention chemical silver plating method, makes the application of the glass more popularity.
China in 2000 BC for bronze mirror. But many of the ancient water mirror, called water vessels. Beginning of the han dynasty renamed as a mirror. Self-consciousness period bronze mirror increasingly popular, and has the full-length mirror. Original bronze mirror thin, circular flange, a decorative or inscription on the back, back to the central has semicircle button, to put a mirror, sessile, formation of China's unique style. In the Ming dynasty was introduced into glass. Emperor qianlong in the qing dynasty (1736 ~ 1795) glass after gaining popularity. Japan and north Korea initially introduced into bronze mirror from China. Japan during the Meiji restoration of glass mirror for popularization.
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