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Figurative bookends are a popular decorative item for bookshelves that need an interesting aesthetic enhancement. These mirrored statue bookends which show a human figure kneeling before their own reflection is a great example of how book props can really begin to define a décor scheme. In this case, the mirrored bookends are reminiscent of the story of Narcissus from Ancient Greek mythology and later Roman literature.

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a handsome young hunter known for his outstanding good looks. He was also very arrogant and proud, and disdained the people who loved him the most. Surprisingly, Narcissus had never seen his own reflection and knew only of his fine features from those around him. One day, Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, led the youth to a pool whereupon he saw his reflection for the first time. He fell in love with his reflection and was unable to leave, thereby dying beside the waters.

Countless artists, writers and poets have portrayed the story of Narcissus which was brought to life in the epic Latin narrative poems ‘Metamorphoses’ by the Roman poet Ovid. This pair of Narcissus-like statue bookends will make a great addition to a bookshelf where classical literature is stored and appreciated. People familiar with the story will know immediately the connection between the books on the shelves and the statues gazing into the mirrors.

Regardless of what books you have however, the mirrored bookends provide a functional and attractive feature to book displays. Both have been given antiqued appearances which will match well with a wide variety of different décor schemes. The meaning behind the figures looking into the mirrors can also be described as that of humanity looking upon itself through the words that writers have passed on to us for many hundreds, and indeed thousands, of years.

You can buy the pair from here: Antiqued Mirror Bookend Statues.

Designer: Matthew Williams.