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Title

Mirror with linked arc design

2nd century BCE


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Chinese bronze mirrors are generally thin circular discs, slightly convex on the polished reflecting side and decorated with cast designs of a symbolic nature on the reverse. A small loop or pierced dome at the centre of the reversed side was used to attach a cord. The earliest known mirrors date from at least the Western Zhou period (900s-800s BCE) but it was during the Han and Tang dynasties that large numbers of highly ornamented mirrors were produced. Their reflective function made them a vehicle for the expression of a fascinating range of mythological and cosmological ideas and beliefs.

Archaeological discoveries suggest that this type of mirror was popular during the Warring States and early Western Han periods. The design of concave arcs and the background pattern of scrolling dragons on a spiral-motif ground are typical of mirrors of the time.

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.75
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales


Details


Other Title

Bronze mirror


Place where the work was made

China


Date

2nd century BCE


Media category

Metalwork


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

0.5 x 11.3 cm


Credit

Bequest of Kenneth Myer 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

577.1993



Place

Where the work was made
China

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Bronzes and Jades', Sydney, 2003, 75 (colour illus.).