The first mirrors used by people were most likely pools of dark, still water, or water collected in a primitive vessel of some sort. The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. Examples of obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) have been dated to around 6000 BC.[2]Polished stone mirrors from Central and South America date from around 2000 BC onwards.[2]Mirrors of polished copper were crafted in Mesopotamia from 4000 BC,[2] and in ancient Egypt from around 3000 BC.[3] In China, bronze mirrors were manufactured from around 2000 BC,[4] some of the earliest bronze and copper examples being produced by the Qijia culture. Mirrors made of other metal mixtures (alloys) such as copper and tin speculum metal may have also been produced in China and India.[5]Mirrors of speculum metal or any precious metal were hard to produce and were only owned by the wealthy.[6]

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