University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 22377
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Jin Dynasty
Date Made: 1115 - 1234 CE
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Credit Line:Purchased from Rev. Edward W. Thwing; subscription of Robert C. H. Brock, 1902

Description

Chinese bronze mirror. Relatively late, though it borrows from Han mirror design in terms of ornament. The four characters read: 貴家富宗 (Gui jia fu zong): "May the family be noble and the lineage prosperous." It has the image of a coin embedded in the decoration, which bears the characters: 大定通, a Jin Dynasty (Jurchen) issued coin, although the characters are hard to read. This dates the mirror to after the 12th century. The mirror may be contemporary with the coin's issue.


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