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"If anyone should want to know my name, I am called Leah. And I spend all my time weaving garlands of flowers with my fair hands, to please me when I stand before the mirror; my sister Rachel sits all the day long before her own, and never moves away. She loves to contemplate her lovely eyes; I love to use my hands to adorn myself: her joy is in reflection, mine in act."
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) "The Divine Comedy: Purgatory" cto. 27, l. 100-8 (Penguin Classics, 1985) translated by Mark Musa
For those seeking an excellent history of mirrors....
Jay M. Enoch, OD, PhD, FAAO "History of Mirrors Dating Back 8000 Years"
Optometry and Vision Science October 2006, Vol. 83, No. 10, pp. 775-781
Allsworth Rare Books, Andrew Smith Gallery, Barry Singer Gallery, Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon, Christie's - New York, George Eastman Museum, Hasted Hunt, J. Paul Getty Museum, KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs, Larry Gottheim - Be-hold - Inc, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée d'Orsay, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Private collection of Alan Griffiths, Private collection of Ann Vibeke Knudsen, Provided by the artist - Christian Patterson, Provided by the artist - Joy Goldkind, Provided by the artist - Michael Northrup, Royal Photograph Collection, Steven Kasher Gallery, Swann Galleries - New York.