18 March 2009
TWO BRONZE MIRRORS
EASTERN HAN DYNASTY (25-220)
One with large central knob surrounded by a confronting dragon and tiger, a band of seven various birds and animals separated by nipples, a narrow band of characters, and on the outer rim a band of various creatures including the hare pounding the elixir of life, an elephant, two figures possibly playing touhu, and a seated immortal, all divided by four roundels, with dark silvery grey patina; the knob of the second mirror encircled by three characters alternating with three pairs of zhicao and all separated by nine nipples, within a wide band cast in linear relief with seven figures alternating with nipples, all within various borders below a band of flat-cast figures on the rim, with silver-grey patina and areas of green encrustation
7¼ and 7 3/8 in. (18.4 and 18.7 cm.) diam. (2)
First mirror: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1966.
Second mirror: Frank Caro, New York, 1966 or earlier.
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