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Mirror with Dragon Arabesques

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period or early Western Han dynasty, 3rd/2nd century B.C.

Artist:

China
probably from Hunan province

About this artwork

The mirror in ancient China, usually held by hand with a cord, was a thin bronze disk with one face polished to a reflective sheen. The backs of mirrors were cast with elegant and dynamic designs. Tight spirals and triangles that form the ground pattern of this mirror are distinctive to south-central and southern China. These fanciful configurations seem to have been inspired by painted lacquers and embroidered and woven textiles distinctive to that area, which was occupied by the Kingdom of Chu.

Status

On View, Gallery 132

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Mirror with Dragon Arabesques

Origin

China

Date

299 BCE–100 BCE

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

Diam. 16 cm (6 5/16 in.); Thickness: 0.5 cm (3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Samuel M. Nickerson Endowment

Reference Number

1932.51

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