Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 53-17-1A
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made 8th Century CE
Section Asian
Materials Metal
Iconography Lion | Grapes

Mirror made of white speculum metal with enough legitimate patina to indicate its age, which is also indicated by the type. It is very white, as they all were, because for symbolic reasons they were quicksilvered. The decoration includes five lions representing the five directions and the five elements. Iin the outer ring are auspicious birds with grapes and grape leaves. The outermost border is of conventionalized clouds to represent the rim of the dome of the sky. Therefore, the whole is a cosmic diagram.

Credit Line Purchased from H. Yatsuhashi, 1953
Other Number CG2000-1-229 - Found in Collection Number

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