Collecting Masterpieces
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Archaic and Imperial Chinat
BRONZE MIRROR
Tang Dynasty (AD 618 ­- 906)

 

Object :
Nº 402
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
Height: 15 cm (5.9") - Width: 15 cm (5.9")
Bibliography :
Published in the book « Collecting Masterpieces » Part one, by Beryl Cavallini, page 214 - 215

Square bronze mirror, its centre decorated with a phantasmagorical half-rat half-frog creature. The hole moulded into its centre served as a gripping element for a silk to be strung through. A hunting scene is depicted in each corner, showing horsemen chasing a wild boar, monkey, deer and goat. These men are holding either a whip, a spear or a bow in their hand. The horses are caparisoned. Scattered along the bottom is a depiction of a millefiori of butterflies, a common theme in the rituals and poetry of the Tang dynasty. Excellent oxidation of the bronze with traces of cuprite.

Typical Tang mirror with a central decoration of a phantasmagorical creature, half-rat, half-frog. Each corner is decorated with a hunting scene, showing knights galloping after a wild boar, a monkey, a stag and a goat. In their hands, they hold a whip, a spear, or a bow. A millefleurs design with butterflies is scattered in the background, following the canons of the joyful poetry of the Tang.