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Mirror

Object Number:74-26-5
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: Tang Dynasty
Early Date: 618
Late Date: 906
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Iconography:Fish?
Reptile?
Grapes
Animal
Lion
Credit Line:Gift of James I. Hykes, 1974

Description

Round bronze mirror. Reverse side is concave with ornamentation in relief along concentric circles. Outer border decorated by 16 stylized fish/reptiles(?). Middle band shows 12 birds on grape-vines with bunches of grapes. Inner band shows 4 lions lying among grape-vines(with grape bunches) on the 4 directions. At the center is an animal(the 5th lion), its body forming a raised loop for suspending cord.

Bibliography:

[Article] Cammann, Schuyler V. 1953. "The Lion and Grape Patterns on Chinese Bronze Mirrors". Artibus Asiae. Dresden. Vol. XVI. no. 4. pg. 265-291 Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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