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A ‘spirit mirror’ used in Elizabeth I’s court had Aztec roots
Geochemical analysis suggests that an obsidian mirror owned by a confidant of the English Tudor queen was made in Mexico.
To summon spirits, sixteenth-century English astrologer John Dee, a confidant of Queen Elizabeth I, gazed into a mirror made of polished stone. Now, researchers have confirmed that Dee’s mirror has Aztec origins1.