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Foliated mirror with birds and floral scrolls
late 7th-early 8th century


Early or mid-Tang dynasty

Cast bronze and applied gold plaque with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration
W: 22.1 D: 1.7 cm
China

Purchase F1930.45

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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.