X94.69.17 Paddle Mirror

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Paddle Mirror
Wood, mirror, ribbon, glue, shell, paper
Before 1994
H: 28.0 cm, W: 16.0 cm, D: 5.0 cm (H: 11.0 in, W: 6.2 in, D: 1.9 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum Purchase, Manus Fund. X94.69.17


This is one type of mirror that Lasiren carries when she possesses her devotees as described in the song that begins this essay. Song (p. 143): I am cold, I am wet I have just come from the cold sea I cannot stand up because half of my body is a fish Bring me my comb Bring me my mirror.

Source: Drewal, Henry John. (2008) “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas”, Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 144