22 March 2012
A BRONZE CIRCULAR MIRROR WITH ANIMALS AND INSCRIPTION
EARLY TANG DYNASTY, EARLY 7TH CENTURY
The thick mirror cast in high relief with five lively animals, two of which confront each other as they race around the knob which is encircled by a bead band, all within narrow sawtooth borders on the inner sides of the ridge that separates them from an inscription and further sawtooth bands below the upright rim, with blackish patina
5 3/8 in. (13.5 cm.) diam., 7/16 in. (1.1 cm.) thick, box
Robert H. Ellsworth Collection, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1988.
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Compare the similar mirror of comparable size with four rather than five animals in the Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Tang Mirrors, Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan, Kyoto, 2006, p. 16, no. 12.
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