25 March 2010
THREE BRONZE MIRRORS
WARRING STATES PERIOD (475-221 BC)
The first flat-cast with three intertwined dragons reserved on a patterned ground; the second and largest cast in low relief with an inscription band encircling the knob, and four scrolling dragons separated by stylized dragon masks in the main field; the third cast with four shan motifs reserved on a finely patterned feather ground
4 5/8, 6 1/8 and 4 7/16 in. (11.6, 15.7 and 11.2 cm.) diam., one box (3)
First mirror: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1965.
Second mirror: Frank Caro, New York, acquired 1966 or earlier.
Third mirror: acquired prior to 1977.
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First mirror: Aspects of Ch'ang Sha Culture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 21 August - 24 September 1967.
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