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Mirror

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Object Number:
48-2-1
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Song Dynasty
Date Made:
Song Dynasty
Early Date:
918
Late Date:
1392
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Bronze
Iconography:
Boat
Waves
Fish
Clouds
Description:
Eight-lobed bronze mirror, showing a boat crossing the ocean, with dragon in the waves; probably representing souls crossing to the Isles of the Immortals, a Taoist concept. The characters at the top say "(Its) splendor as great as the light of the sun in the heavens." Fine patina, traces of weave-impression from the fabric in which this was wrapped in a tomb. Slight reflecting surface remains. Fine condition.
Outside Diamater:
27cm
Credit Line:
Gift of Elise Biddle (Mrs. Harold) Paumgarten
Other Number:
L-2-335   -   Other Number

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