This waist-shaped mirror frame has a distinctive ‘bucranium’ or ox skull cresting. The bucranium motif originated through the practice of adorning Roman temples with sacrificial oxen and garlanding them with fruit and flowers. It subsequently became a key motif of the Doric order of architecture and later the Neoclassical revival of the 1770s.
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Rectangular: height 41 3/4 inches (106cm) width 21 3/4 inches (55cm) depth 2 inches (5cm)
Waist-shaped: height 39 1/4 inches (99.5cm) width 26 inches (66cm) depth 2 1/4 inches (6cm)