Mirror with three dragons - ROM2005_3591_1


Mirror with three dragons

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Reportedly from Jincun, Luoyang, Henan province, China
Date: 2nd half of 4th-1st half of 3rd century BC
Period: Eastern Zhou period
15.3 cm
Object number: 934.17.257
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThe typical bronze Chinese mirror was round, with its flat, reflecting face polished to produce a reflection of near-glass clarity, and the reverse was decorated in one way or another about a central loop or knob. The decoration on this mirror was influenced by contemporary textile and lacquer designs. The background resembles woven fabric and the fluid treatment of the dragons was probably inspired by lacquer painting.
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