Foliated mirror with birds and floral scrolls

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Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century
Medium
Cast bronze and applied gold plaque with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration
Dimensions
Diam x D: 22.1 x 1.7 cm (8 11/16 x 11/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1930.45
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Mirror
Type

Mirror

Keywords
casting, chasing, China, punching, repousse, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.

Label

This lobed mirror consists of a cast bronze body to which has been affixed sheet of gold that was previously worked with repousse and incised figures on a ring-punched background. The foliated designs arranged symetrically around the central boss are auspicious symbols.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum