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China Anonymous, Chinese
Mirror (Simple Spiral), n. d.
3 7/16 in. x 3 7/16 in. x 1/16 in. (8.73 cm x 8.73 cm x 0.16 cm)

Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Metalworking
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen K. Powell
Accession Number: 0281

This type of mirror is usually made of white metal. It was particularly popular during the period between 130-80 B.C.E.

Tag: Ch'in / W. Han? Sin Siang March '47 Powell #31.

Cast and worked bronze.

Object Description
Small, thin, round mirror with little decorative detail. The central field contains four areas seperated by bosses; the first is plain, the second has scroll patterning against a linear background, the third has a scalloped pattern of 16 arcs, and the fourth (inner) ring is a solid, thick rim. The mirror has a small, fluted rectangular boss with three lines, set on a concave base. The rim is concave with a thin outer edge.

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