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Title

Mirror with linked arc design

2nd century BCE

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Bronze mirror
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication