X94.69.17 Paddle Mirror

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Paddle Mirror
Haiti
Port-au-Prince
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

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Description

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

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