Mirrors used by the Kannadigas of Yore

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ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗಳು  – Mirrors used by the Kannadigas of Yore

Author:  Dr. Jyotsna Kamat

Place: Belur, Banavasi, Badami, Mudabidre, Shravanabelagola, Seebi, Nanjanagudu, Shrirangapattana, Gunavante, Bhatkala

In this interesting essay tracing the hisory of mirros with the help of literary sources, the author gives an elaborate description of mirrors as seen in paintings and sculptures in Karnataka. Mirrors were mostly made of bronze and these were those held in and, large ones with frames, those held by servants etc. The women used them to fix vermilion marks, to do their hair and also to see their decorated figures. Men including the sanyasis too had fascination for mirrors.Thc rich and the poor alike used it. Various line drawings provide illusuations for the mirrors used in the past and the styles of using them.

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