16 September 2016
A SILVERY BRONZE 'TLV' CIRCULAR MIRROR
HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
The central knob is within a square band of twelve nipples alternating with the characters of the Twelve Branches, surrounded by 'TLV' motifs and eight nipples, the Guardians of the Four Directions (Blue Dragon, Red Bird, White Tiger and the Dark Warrior), as well as other animals, birds and pixie, all within decorative borders below further decorative bands on the raised rim. There are areas of malachite encrustation.
7 ½ in. (19.1 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Acquired in Tokyo, 6 June 1985.
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