Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2010.558
Title
Square Mirror with Well-Defined Rim and Scrolling Floral Decor
Classification
Mirrors
Work Type
mirror
Date
12th-14th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Period
Koryŏ dynasty, 918-1392
Culture
Korean
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/336957
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Cast bronze
Dimensions
L. 9 x W. 9 cm (3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Provenance
[through ?, Korea, mid 1960s]; to Jerry Lee Musslewhite (mid 1960s-2009); to Estate of Jerry Lee Musslewhite (2009-2010), sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2010.

NOTE: Jerry Lee Musslewhite was an employee of the U.S. Department of Defense who worked in the Republic of Korea from 1965 to 1969.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky
Accession Year
2010
Object Number
2010.558
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
A well-articulated, relief lip borders this square mirror's decorated back, which is further embellished with a scrolling-floral pattern that sports one blossom at each corner. Eight wedge-, or pie-, shaped petals radiate from the central boss, so that the mirror's center resembles an open blossom seen from above. A small, relief dot separates the top corner of each petal from the next, while a constellation of small, raised dots, configured as a floret, enlivens the center of each petal. A series of short, relief lines--the lines resembling a series of dashes, each separated from the next by a space--appears immediately inside the relief lip on each side; a series of small, raised dots appears immediately inside each row of short lines. Although basically geometric border decoration, these discontinuous lines suggest the tops of elongated chrysanthemum petals, just as the dots suggest stamen and pistil tips; such subtle border decoration frequently appears on Chinese bronze mirrors of the Liao and Jin periods (compare H/AM 2010.440 and 2010.441), illustrating the source of inspiration for this mirror's decorative scheme. The reflecting face of the mirror is flat and undecorated. An even, celadon-green patina covers the mirror's decorated back; the same patina originally covered the reflecting face, though some of that patina has been crudely scraped away in modern times.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu