Mirrored Mosaic Magic

 

India 2542

 

“Are dreams the limpid discourse between the facets of a crystal block?”…

 “The world is of glass. You know it by its brilliance, night or day. 
 The earth turns in a mirror. The earth turns in a scarf….”       

— Edmond Jabes

 

Nothing captures the ephemeral present as does ancient mirrored mosaic.

Three shimmering glass peacocks perch in bas relief in the Peacock Courtyard of City Palace in Udaipur. Assembled from thousands of fragments, they have been in place for hundreds of years.

One stands in for each season: winter, summer, and monsoon.

No in-person appraisal of such works will ever be the same as another, not even for a repeat viewer.  A forever facet of mirrored art is its incorporation of the viewer into every glimpse.  If you step back your presence will multiply, reflected in hundreds of silver diamonds.  Stand close and your scarlet kurta and bright scarf may startle you, fractured amid royal blue, lime, and rust.

An instant’s reflected light–or the absence of sun–also will change each snapshot in time. A courtyard crowd on a sunny day will add dazzling fragments of color and light; a monsoon may yield a scene muted by steam, inhabited by solitary sodden selfies.

The Earth keeps turning.

 

 

About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like evidentiary issues, jury instructions, expert witnesses, and forensic evidence. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2016 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with Wordpress protocol and the numerous other wee buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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2 Responses to Mirrored Mosaic Magic

  1. Beautiful detail in this mosaic and your narrative. I have not seen this work before and it is impressive.
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  2. Ann says:

    The two mosaics are fantastic — especially the peacocks tail (is that the correct word?) and the border strip. Very impressive pics as usual. You spoil me with your words and viewing talents. Thanks,

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