Mirrors of this type, with their rich combination of gold and silver decoration on a lacquer ground set into the back of the bronze mirror, reflect the splendor and sumptuous taste of the Tang court. Mirrors similar to the present example found their way to Japan at an early date, such as the eight-lobed mirror in the Shoso-in, illustrated by Ryochi Hayashi, The Silk Road and the Shoso-in, New York/Tokyo, 1975, p. 129, fig. 142. Another similarly decorated eight-lobed mirror is illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji (The Great Treasury of Chinese Fine Arts), vol. 8, Arts and Crafts - Lacquerware, Beijing, 1989, p. 80, no. 78.