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Mirror (Lion and Grapevine)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Mirror (Lion and Grapevine), n. d.
3 13/16 in. x 3 13/16 in. x 3/8 in. (9.7 cm x 9.7 cm x 1 cm)

Object Type: Decorative Arts
Technique: Metalworking
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen K. Powell
Accession Number: 0287

Ju-hsi Chou, "Circles of Reflection," exhibition catalog, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002, p.64-66.

Cast bronze.

Object Description
Round bronze mirror with a crouching beast boss, and two fields of decoration. The inner field is decorated with four lions in varying positions, placed on top of an undulating vine which moves to the central division and ends. The division is in the pearl design and is thin.

The outer field displays paired birds, which alternate which single butterflies and a floral figure. The background consists of a vine motif.

The mirror has a double rim with a plant motif.

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