Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th-3rd century BCE
H x W x D: 0.6 x 16 x 16 cm (1/4 x 6 5/16 x 6 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by the Friends of Asian Arts
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Mirror


casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance

To ?
Mr. Henri Hoppenot (1891-1977) and Mrs. Henri Hoppenot, Paris, France. [1]

Sale, Paris, Binoche et Godeau, Succession Hoppenot, April 9, 1991, lot 101. [2]

To 1993
J. J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, New York. [3]

From 1993
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from J.J. Lally & Co., New York. [4]


[1] See invoice from J.J. Lally dated March 2, 1993, copy in object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Acquisition Consideration Form, copy in object file.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art
Binoche et Godeau
Henri Hoppenot 1891-1977


Although bronze mirrors with decorated backs and polished reflecting surfaces have existed since the late second millennium B.C.E. in China, the height of mirror production was reached a thousand years later. The large smooth T-shapes, floral elements, and finely textured curls on the back of this mirror represent one of the most popular and elegant designs from the late first millennium B.C.E. This mirror is the first ancient Chinese bronze mirror in the Sackler Gallery's permanent collection.

Published References
  • Jenny F. So, Emma C. Bunker. Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier. Exh. cat. Seattle, 1995. p. 147.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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