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Archaic and Imperial Chinat
BRONZE MIRROR WITH DEER

 

Object :
Nº 1527
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
Diam: 16.5 cm (6.4")
Bibliography :
Published in "Collecting Masterpieces" Part One by Beryl Cavallini, page 170 - 171

Molded bronze mirror with an interesting design in relief composed of a geometric Leiwen pattern of four motifs in a T depicting four deer. The décor is perfectly symmetrical. A central preemption handle was used to hang the mirror on the wall.

The central square motif is the image of the earth, a symbol associated with the number 4, and emblem of materiality, stability and accomplishment. The Shan four T-shaped motif recalls the symbolism of the astrolabe used for divination in the game Liubo, which helps to ward off bad luck. The four fantastic animals represent the guardians of the four heavenly cardinal points.