Lobed mirror with a dragon and clouds


Historical period(s)
Mid-Tang dynasty, first half of the 8th century
Cast bronze
Diam x D: 21.5 x 1.2 cm (8 7/16 x 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Metalwork, Mirror


casting, China, dragon, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), WWII-era provenance

To 1938
R.A. Bidwell, Springfield, Massachusetts. [1]

From 1938
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from R.A. Bidwell, Springfield, Massachusetts. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

R. A. Bidwell

Published References
  • Grace Dunham Guest A.G. Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 5.
  • Robert Borgen. Sugawara no Michizane and the Early Heian Court. Cambridge, MA. p. ii.
  • Alfred Salmony Friends of Far Eastern Art. Exhibition of Chinese Art: The Art Gallery, Mills College, October 12 - November 25, 1934. Exh. cat. Mills College, CA. p. 53, no. 256, pl. 41.
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa (Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia). 3 vols., Osaka. pl. 153.
  • Benjamin Rowland, Laurence Sickman, H. G. Henderson, Robert Treat Paine, Richard Ettinghausen, Eric Schroeder. The University Prints. Oriental Art Series O 4 vols. Newton, Massachusetts, 1938-1941. Section 2: Early Chinese Art, pl. 186.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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