University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:92-1-56
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Cord
Silk
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Received from various sources, pre-1992

Description

Bronze mirror. Flat and round. One side has relief decoration of four Chinese characters (鸞鳳和鳴, luan feng he ming): "May the luan (fantastic bird) and the phoenix sing together harmoniously." A wish for marital concord, so this may have been a wedding gift. There is a central boss with a red silk cord threaded through with an elaborate knot, metal fastener, and three-part tassel. The other side is flat, lightly gilt, and patinated in places.


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