26 March 2010
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
AN UNUSUAL SILVERY BRONZE SQUARE MIRROR
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
Cast with a central, concave circular panel reserved on a field of stylized florets interspersed with four characters cast in relief and recumbent animals at each corner, the reverse plain, with some malachite and ferrous encrustation
5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm.) square, box
Acquired in Hong Kong circa 1991.
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A very similar, though slightly smaller (9.8 cm.), square mirror, also dated to the Tang dynasty, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bronze Articles for Daily Use, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 192, no. 169.
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