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Mirror (Shou Shou)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Mirror (Shou Shou), 25 - 220
Metal
5 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. x 1/8 in. (15 cm x 15 cm x 0.3 cm)


Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Metalworking
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen K. Powell
Accession Number: 0279


Bibliography
"Circles of Reflection," exhibition catalog, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002, p.50.

Marks
Sticker: #6, and tape: #44.

Medium
Cast metal, possibly nickel.

Object Description
Large, thin, round silver metal mirror with a large dome boss set on a slightly elevated round base. Around the boss is a curvilinear square and bat pattern. There is a single character in each corner of the square. The inscription reads: Fu i tzu sun (Blessings and happiness extends to sons and son's sons).

The central field is decorated with stylized animals (probably kui dragons) placed around the central square, sunburst, and quatrefoil. It is enclosed on the outer edge by an arc circle. A concave band separates the rim from the arc circle.

The rim is flat and undecorated.

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