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A VERY RARE BRONZE 'EIGHT DAOIST TRIGRAMS' MIRROR
A VERY RARE BRONZE 'EIGHT DAOIST TRIGRAMS' MIRROR

QIANLONG PERIOD, DATED TO 1784 AND OF THE PERIOD

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A VERY RARE BRONZE 'EIGHT DAOIST TRIGRAMS' MIRROR
QIANLONG PERIOD, DATED TO 1784 AND OF THE PERIOD
The mirror is cast with eight-lobed foliate rim, surmounted by a central lotus-shaped knop. The back is decorated with eight Daoist trigrams divided by a intricate network of characters within raised border lines and is engraved with an eight-character inscription, da qing qian long jia chen nian zhi (made in the jia chen cyclical year of the grand Qing Qianlong reign).
7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) diam

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A Qianlong 'Eight Daoist Trigrams' mirror of very similar decoration, but with a bracket-lobed rim and inscribed with a ren yin date (1782), from the Qing court collection and still housed in Palace Museum, Beijing is illustrated and discussed by He Lin, Collections of the Palace Museum: Copper Mirrors, Beijing, 2007, pp. 264-265, no. 168. The author noted that mirror was made by the imperial workshop in Beijing.

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