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China Anonymous, Chinese
Mirror (TLV), n. d.
3 7/16 in. x 3 7/16 in. x 3/16 in. (8.8 cm x 8.8 cm x 0.4 cm)

Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Metalworking
Creation Place: Asia, China
Accession Number: 0275

"Circles of Reflection," exhibition catalog, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002, pp.40-46.

Stickers: "P-8 2"; "G P8.2".

Cast bronze.

Object Description
Round bronze mirror with two fields with a small dome boss, set on a square base with four arcs. The so-called "TLV" mirror derives its name and imagery from the liubo game board, with a central square and the T's, L's and V's beyond it.

The central field has T's which extend outward from an inner square, and V's and L's that extend inward from a slightly concave rim dividing the field from the outside rim. The field also contains four crude spirit lions (or tigers) moving counterclockwise. The mirror has a wide rim, containing a sawtooth pattern. This is a reproduction of a Han mirror with a TLV style, but the style is somewhat degraded and altered. An orange cord runs through the central square hole.

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