Mirror

citation

Circular disk with scalloped edges and central knob in form of a turtle. Scene in relief on front surface including Chinese characters around perimeter and above turtle, seated figure, bird and pool of water. Traces of blue paint over front surface

Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 800-850
Medium
Bronze; cast
Dimensions
H x W x D: 21.3 x 21.3 x 1.3 cm (8 3/8 x 8 3/8 x 1/2 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Long-term loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.331
Collection
Gellatly collection
Accession Number
LTS1985.1.331.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Mirror
Type

Mirror

Keywords
casting, China, Gellatly collection, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Circular disk with scalloped edges and central knob in form of a turtle. Scene in relief on front surface including Chinese characters around perimeter and above turtle, seated figure, bird and pool of water. Traces of blue paint over front surface

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement
Copyright with museum