These links support the view expressed in The Ancient Solar Premise that sun dishes were common in antiquity. Some are imitations of the original devices, but the majority work at least as fire-starters. Some just link to images from the various cultures of the dishes being used or where they were worn. Once the construction technique outlined here is accepted as the method for making Burning Mirrors, these ‘ceremonial’ and vanity objects take on characteristics of devices.
Please feel free to add links to photos of similar dishes in the add a comment section below. Of particular interest would be the Atens/Sun dishes of Egypt, The Americas and the small dishes of the Neolithic peoples, the older the better.
In South and South East Asia these sun dishes are so common, they can readily be found and bought in any decent antiques market. They barely rate a mention in the museums, there are so many of them. Most have had the concentric circles that grace their concave sides polished away so ancients can look at themselves in an enlarged form. Siva discs are a standard item in the hands of any statue of Vishnu.
Here are some from a museum with and without the concentric circles. The problem with this vanity mirror idea is that the blob in the center or the concentric circles makes the dishes useless as cosmetic mirrors, unless of course they did not like to look at their noses.
Siva Disks In National Museum
Here is an example with the surface recovered showing where the original circles have been filled and polished over. After coating with a reflective layer, this small dish still has a focal length of over five feet. This is more than adequate to start a fire in the kitchen.
Foil covered disk still displays original concnetric circles
Other examples without a shiny coating.
Curve showing on the side view
Face of dish showing remaing circles & curved surface
Back View of dish showing exquisite convex curve
Horus who emits rays of Datura from the sun disc on his head. Nice picture
Beetle god with two sun discs
Falcon God with a sun dish on his head
Bovine form of god with sun dish on her head
Crocodile & Scorpions adorned with sun discs
Large bronze of Isis wearing a sun dish
Brass Bull with sun dish
Lioness adorned with a sun dish
*Egyptian Bronze snakes supporting a lovely sun dish
*Exquisite gold Horus with actual sun dish on head
Hathor stonework with sun dish on head
Egyptian sun disk/vanity mirror
Egyptian Bronze disk with Hathor
Egyptian dish with bronze handle
Egyptian Solar Weapons
*Helmets with solar dishes attached
Fresco showing mycenei warrior, sea people
Some other ancient warriors carrying reflective shields and sun dishes on their head into battle.
Shamash with a disk
Bronze mirror disk with bull carving
Incredible Bronze Age model of a chariot from Denmark with a Sun Disc on the back.
Other side of the same chraiot
Bronze Age chariot sun shield
Bronze Age Dane with sun dish for starting fires
Bronze Age Dane with shield plus two smaller sun dishes, amongst other valuables
Wiltshire bronze age woman’s fire starting amber mirror
Bronze Age Georgian Woman’s fire starting mirror, looks to have been turned into a trinket.
Small welsh sun dish from the Bell beaker people, surprisingly similar to the Siva discs
Celtic sun dish /vanity mirror beautiful example
SWEDISH Bronze age disk
Massive sun shield from sweden
Gold armour, a little heavy unless it provides another function in battle
Gold armour? Who would you want to kill and plunder?
More gold armour
Just tons of it
Gold Chest protector?
Couple of nice Hang dynasty bronze mirrors
Chinese mirrors both sides
Hand mirror Chinese, Ming dynasty bronze
Copper drums with sun motif on the solar disc, common in SW china and SE Asia.
Sun dish drums from Vietnam, Cambodia and South china generally have suns on the outer face. When the drum is turned over and pointed at the sun, it will cook food! If the drum is banged it will make a rather tinny drum noise.
Vietnamese mirrors, with decal or spot in the center making them useless as vanity mirrors
Vietnamese One with the phoenix on the back
Java Mirror inlay