[INDOLOGY] Mirrors in India

Corinna Wessels-Mevissen corinnawessels at yahoo.de
Sun Nov 5 11:40:38 UTC 2017

Dear List,
There is one more recent publication on mirrors ('mirrors as material objects'):
Chatterjee, Shoumita & Naher, Sabikun & Chattopadhyay, Pranab K. (2015) 'Mirrors of Ancient India: From Harappa to Mahasthangarh', Purātattva, No. 45, pp. 165–177; pls. 18–19.

I have already mailed a PDF to our colleague Toke Knudsen.

Corinna Wessels-Mevissen
Dr. Corinna Wessels-Mevissenc/o Museum für Asiatische Kunst, BerlinTakustr. 4014195 Berlin, Germany     

 Von: Mrinal Kaul via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
 An: Toke Lindegaard Knudsen <toke.knudsen at hum.ku.dk> 
CC: "indology at list.indology.info" <indology at list.indology.info>
 Gesendet: 8:08 Sonntag, 5.November 2017
 Betreff: Re: [INDOLOGY] Mirrors in India
Dear Prof Knudsen,
You might be interested in having a look at the following:
For mirrors as material objects in South Asia:

Srinivasan, Sharda. (2008) ‘Mirrors: Metal Mirrors from India’, in Encyclopedia of the History of Science and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, eds. Helaine Selin, pp. 1699-1704, Springer Netherlands.
Vassilkov, Yaroslav. V. (2010) ‘Pre-Maurya “Rattle-Mirror” with Artistic Designs from Scythian Burial Mounds of the Altai Region in the Light of Sanskrit Sources’, Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3.
Pendergrast, Mark. (2004) Mirror, A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection, Basic Books, New York. (only a few portions may be relevant)

Cultural significance of and imagery involving mirrors: (South Asia):

Bentor, Yael. (1995) ‘On the Symbolism of the Mirror in Indo-Tibetan Consecration Rituals’, Journal of Indian Philosophy, pp. 23, 57-71.
Bansat-Boudon, Lyne. (1992) ‘Le coeur-miroir: Remarques sur la théorie indienne de l'expérience esthétique et ses rapports avec le théâtre’, In Les Cahiers de Philosophie,  No. 14, 1992, “L’Orient de la pensée, pp. 135-154.
Granoff, Phyllis & Shinohara, Koichi. (eds.) (2004) Images in Asian Religions: Texts and Contexts, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver.
Granoff, Phyllis. (1998) ‘Maitreya’s Jewelled World: Some Remarks on Gems and Visions in Buddhist Texts’, Journal of Indian Philosophy 26: pp. 347–371.
Granoff, Phyllis. (2001) ‘Portraits, Likenesses and Looking Glasses: Some Literary and Philosophical Reflections on Representation and Art in Medieval India’ In Ja Assmann and Albert L. Baumgarten, eds., Representation in Religion: Studies in Honor of Moshe Barasch (Leiden: Brill, 2001). 
Granoff, Phyllis. (2004) ‘Images and Their Ritual Use in Medieval India: Hesitations and Contradictions’, In Granoff, Phyllis & Shinohara, Koichi. (eds.) Images in Asian Religions: Texts and Contexts, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. pp. 19-50.
Orofino, Giacomella (1994) ‘Divination with Mirrors. Observations on a Smilie in the Kālacakra Literature’. Oslo. In the Tibetan Studies, Proceedings of the 6th Seminar of the International for Tibetan Studies, Figurines, 1992.
Preisendanz, K. (1989).  ‘On ātmendriyamanorthasannikarṣa and the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Theory of Vision’, Berliner Indologische Studien 4-5, p. 141-213.
Wawrytko, Sandrea. A. (2007) ‘Holding Up the Mirrors to Buddha-nature: Discerning the Ghee in the Lotus Sūtra’, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (Fall, 2007)
Wayman, Alex. (1971) ‘A Jotting on the Mirror: Those of Ladies’, Mahfil, Vol. 7, No. 3/4, Sanskrit issue (Fall-Winter 1971), pp. 209-213.
Wayman, Alex. (1984) ‘The Mirror as a Pan-Buddhist Metaphor-Simile. Buddhist Insight’:  Essays by Alex Wayman (Buddhist Tradition Series Vol.7). George R. Elder (ed., intro.). Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited: Delhi, 129-152.

Other general recommended readings:

Anderson, Miranda., Ed. (2007) The Book of the Mirror: An Interdisciplinary Collection exploring the Cultural Story of the Mirror, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Bensen Cain, Rebecca. (2012) ‘Plato on Mimesis and Mirrors’, Philosophy and Literature, 36:  pp. 187–195.
Cline, Erin M. (2008) ‘Mirrors, Minds, and Metaphors’, Philosophy East and West, Vol. 58, No. 3, July 2008, pp. 337-357.
Demiéville, Paul. (1991) ‘The Mirror of the Mind in Sudden and Gradual: Approaches to Enlightenment in Chinese Thought’ (Buddhist Tradition Series Vol.16). Peter N. Gregory (ed.). pp. 13-40, MLBD: Delhi.
Enoch, Jay. M. (2006) ‘History of Mirrors Dating Back 8000 Years’, In Optometry and Vision  Science, American Academy of Optometry, Vol. 83, No. 10, pp. 775-781.
Keeler, Annabel. (2006) ‘Ṣūfī tafsīr as a Mirror: al-Qushayrī the murshid in his Laṭā’if al-ishārāt’ in Journal of Qur’anic Studies. Vol. 8, No. 1 (2006), pp. 1-21.
Lai, Whalen. (1979) ‘Ch'an metaphors: Waves, water, mirror, lamp’, Philosophy East and West, 29:3 (1979, July) pp. 243
Loewe, Michael. (2002) ‘Dated Inscriptions on Certain Mirrors (A.D. 6-105): Genuine or Fabricated?’ in Early China, Vol. 26/27 (2001-2002), pp. 233-256.
Lusthaus, Dan. (1985) ‘Ch'an and Taoist Mirrors: Reflections on Richard Garner's  "Deconstruction of the Mirror..."’, In Journal of Chinese Philosophy, V. 12, pp. 169-178.
Papaioannou, Strastis. (2010) ‘Byzantine Mirrors: Self-Reflection in Medieval Greek Writing’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Vol. 64. pp. 81-101.
Terras, Rita. (1975) ‘Goethe’s Use of the Mirror Image’, Monatshefte, Vol. 67, No. 4 (Winter,  1975), pp. 387-402.

I hope this helps.
Mrinal Kaul
Mrinal Kaul, Ph.D.Coordinator - Centre for Religious Studies (CRS)
Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH)Manipal University
Dr TMA Pai Planetarium ComplexAlevoor Road, Manipal 576 104Karnataka, INDIATel +91-820-29-23567 Extn: 23567https://manipal.academia.edu/MrinalKaulemail: mrinal.kaul@manipal.edu
On 5 November 2017 at 04:30, Toke Lindegaard Knudsen via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

Dear all,

Would anyone know of any studies of mirrors in ancient and medieval India? I’m interested in materials used for and shapes of mirrors, as well as the cultural significance of and imagery involving mirrors.

Many thanks in advance.

Best wishes,

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen

<toke.knudsen at hum.ku.dk>
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