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Chinese Bronze Mirror

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Item Details

  • Diameter:
    3 1/4" Inches
  • Period:
    Pre-18th Century
  • Origin:
    Other
 A truly incredible antiquity, this Chinese bronze mirror bears symbols that are believed to be talismanic in their meaning. A rare and exceptional acquisition, this extraordinary bronze mirror has the ability to look true to its archaic origins, and yet, could rival any contemporary design, making it a fascinating object of vertu. 

This exquisite and rare Chinese bronze mirror was created during the Han dynasty and represents one of the earliest forms of mirror manufacture. Bronze mirrors were used in China beginning in the 6th century, B.C. Before their popularity, people would look into basins filled with water to see their reflection. Each mirror has a shiny, reflective side and another decorative side bearing symbols believing to have protective meaning. 

 The Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) is a key period for the development of the bronze mirror techniques.  Bronze mirrors developed into a significant product of the metal craft during this period, and were expertly fabricated with a variety of patterns. The central government of the Han Dynasty designated particular officials to administrate the production of bronze mirrors, which accounted for the majority of bronze usage at the time. The mirrors of the Han Dynasty have the largest variety of pattern and style of all of the important time periods for bronze mirror production. These mirrors tend to be thinner and smoother with a knob at the center of the decorative side and include a variety of elegant designs. 

206 B.C.-A.D. 220

3 1/4" diameter

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