Mirror with dragons

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At A Glance

  • Period

    5th-4th century BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Bronze with gold and silver inlay
  • Dimension

    Diam x D: 19.7 x 1.5 cm (7 3/4 x 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Mirror. Dull brown surface with areas of green aerugo and earthy incrustation. Decoration in gold and silver inlay.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1933 to 1936
    C. T. Loo & Company, Paris from at least January 1933 [1]
    From 1936
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company, Paris and New York on March 3, 1936 [2]
    [1] Umehara Sueji, "Hosokawa koshaku-ke zo kin-gin-saku shuryo monkyo" (An Inlaid Bronze Mirror in Marquis Hosokawa's Collection), Bijutsu kenkyu no. 13 (January 1933), p. 5, pl. 3, listed as owned by C. T. Loo, Paris.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice dated March 3, 1936, copy in object file. The mirror was included on a "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo, New York and [sent to] the Gallery for examination, December 1934."
    The invoice was issued by C. T. Loo's Paris gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Art (February 18, 1983 to April 1, 1987)
    Chinese Art (March 15, 1982 to June 15, 1982)
    Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Community, 480-222 B.C. (September 30, 1982 to February 17, 1983)
    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
    Chinese Bronze, Jade, Metalwork (March 1, 1957 to January 1, 1963)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 14 and 15 (February 25, 1956 to March 1, 1957)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Metalwork and Painting, East Corridor (February 15, 1955 to August 26, 1955)
    Special Mirror Exhibition (November 16, 1954 to February 25, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Ancient Chinese Art, 1946 (May 7, 1946 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Art, 1944 (November 15, 1944 to May 6, 1946)
    Untitled Exhibition, Ancient Chinese Art, 1943 (March 22, 1943 to November 17, 1944)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Metalwork (March 14, 1931 to March 22, 1943)
    Stone Sculpture, Buddhist Bronze, and Chinese Painting (May 2, 1923 to February 25, 1956)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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