Ancient obsidian, gold, silver, crystal, copper, bronze, after grinding and polishing made of mirrors. Bronze mirrors have been used for cosmetics in Egypt. In the first century, large mirrors began to show the whole body. In the middle ages it was popular to carry small mirrors in small boxes of ivory or precious metals with combs. Late 12th to 13th century
At the beginning of a mirror, a glass with a silver or iron back. During the Renaissance, Venice was the center of mirror making, and its mirrors were famous for their high quality. In the 16th century, the cylinder method was invented to make plate glass, and at the same time, the tin amalgam method was invented to stick tin foil on the glass with mercury, and the metal mirror was gradually reduced. In the second half of the 17th century, France invented plate glass with pouring method, which produced large glass mirrors of high quality. Mirror and its frame are becoming interior adornment increasingly. At the end of the 18th century large mirrors were made and used in furniture. Tin amalgam, although harmful to humans, continued to be used into the 19th century. In 1835, German chemist j.v. liebig invented the electroless silver plating method, which made the application of glass mirror more popular. China had bronze mirrors in 2000 BC. However, in ancient times, many people took water as a mirror, and called the bronze vessels holding water as a mirror. Han dynasty was renamed mirror. During the han and wei dynasties, bronze mirrors gradually became popular and there were full-length mirrors. Originally, the bronze mirror was thin, round and flanged, with ornamentation or inscription on the back, and a semicircular knob on the back center for holding the mirror, without handle, forming the unique style of Chinese mirror. Glass mirror was introduced in Ming dynasty. After qianlong (1736 ~ 1795) of the qing dynasty, glass mirrors were gradually popularized. Japan and Korea first introduced bronze mirrors from China. Japan in the Meiji restoration when the glass mirror open treatment popularization.