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Mirror (Hai-ma Pu T'ao style)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Mirror (Hai-ma Pu T'ao style), n. d.
Bronze
8 11/16 in. x 8 11/16 in. x 13/16 in. (22 cm x 22 cm x 2 cm)


Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Metalworking
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Jean Goodwin Ames
Accession Number: 79.10.6


Bibliography
Ju-hsi Chou, "Circles of Reflection," exhibition catalog, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002, p.66

Dimensions
Boss measures 1.5 cm high.

Marks
Sticker: set 10. Inscription engraved into the edge of the mirror (in Chinese).

Medium
Cast bronze in high relief.

Object Description
Large, heavy bronze mirror with three rings. The knob assumes a crouching zoomorphic form. The inner field contains four animals (possibly dogs) in varied postures; the second field contains birds, alternating with flowers and grapes; and the outer field has a repeating triad cloud/mountain in triumvirate. The rim between the inner and middle fields is formed by a vine whose fruit extend into both fields.

Though the decoration is quite worn, the mirror appears to belong to the "animal-and-grape mirror" family of the late 7th century. The grapevines which extend over the circular ridge that once separated the inner form from the outer compartment reinforce the fusion of the design, and indicate a further stage of development in the typology.

Related Objects
This mirror is identical to SCR 0286, but is in better condition.

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