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: Foliated mirror with birds and floral scrolls

Foliated mirror with birds and floral scrolls

Type
Mirror
Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century
Medium
Cast bronze and applied gold plaque with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration
Dimension(s)
22.1 x 1.7 cm
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1930.45
Label
This lobed mirror consists of a cast bronze body to which has been affixed sheet of gold that was previously worked with repoussé and incised figures on a ring-punched background. The foliated designs arranged symetrically around the central boss are auspicious symbols.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Mirror
Keyword(s)
casting, chasing, China, punching, repousse, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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