Lobed mirror with birds, animals, and floral scrolls

Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–first half of the 8th century
Medium
Cast bronze and applied silver plaque with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration and mercury gilding
Dimensions
Diam x D: 24.7 x 1.6 cm (9 3/4 x 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1954.22
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Mirror
Type

Mirror

Keywords
casting, chasing, China, flower, gilding, horse, lion, phoenix, punching, repousse, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Published References
  • Capolavori nei secoli: Enciclopedia di tutte i popoli in tutti i tempi. 12 vols., Milan, 1961 - 1964. vol. 3: p. 44.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 23.
  • Mario Bussagli. Chinese Painting. Cameo London and New York. p. 127, pl. 58.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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