22 March 2012
A BRONZE CIRCULAR MIRROR WITH ANIMALS AND INSCRIPTION
EASTERN HAN DYNASTY (25-220)
The large knob set within a square from which project four 'T' motifs positioned below a dragon, a bird, a tiger and a unicorn separated by four nipples, all encircled by an inscription, a hatchured band and a band of stylized animls, all below a band comprised of a bird, dragons and foliate scrolls issuing from a horn or cornucopia on the rim, with dark grey patina
4 7/16 in. (11.4 cm.) diam., 1/8 in. (.4 cm.) thick, box
Robert H. Ellsworth Collection, New York, acquired from Alice Boney, Japan, 1960s.
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A similar mirror (18.4 cm.) excavated in 1987 from a Three Kingdoms Eastern Wu tomb in Shengzhou is illustrated by Shilun Wang in Zhejiang chutu tongjing (Bronze Mirrors Excavated in Zhejiang), Beijing, 1987, no. 18.
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