Identification and Creation
Object Number
2010.432
Title
Circular Mirror with Decoration of Linked Arcs, Stylized Birds and Clouds, and TLV Pattern Set against a Plain Ground, and with an Eight-Character Auspicious Inscription
Classification
Mirrors
Work Type
mirror
Date
2nd-1st century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Western Han period, 206 BCE-9 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/315423
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Cast bronze
Dimensions
Diam. 13.8 cm (5 7/16 in.)
Provenance
Edmund Lin (1928-2006; Professor, Harvard Medical School), Boston; by bequest to the Harvard Art Museum
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Edmund Chi Chien Lin
Accession Year
2010
Object Number
2010.432
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Sixteen linked arcs raised in relief comprise the outer border of this circular mirror. The decorative field at the center includes: stylized birds in bead-and-thread-relief; TLV patterns with edges raised in slight relief; four bosses at the corners of a square that surrounds a quatrefoil and the round, hemi-spherical knob at the center. An eight-character inscription in thread-relief is arranged around the square. The bronze is very silvery, which implies a high tin content. There is a good deal of patina on the reflecting side of the mirror, containing both fabric pseudomorphs as well as actual textile remains. There are also localized areas of textile pseudomorphs on the decorated side of the mirror.

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