Japanese bronze mirror
Mirrors in Asia are usually flat metal disks, polished on one side to allow reflection, and ornamented on the other side. Early Japanese mirrors used a number of designs based on Chinese originals. However, from the Nara period (AD 710–94), Japanese mirror-makers began to substitute native Japanese motifs: for example, plants of good omen such as cherry, blossom and pine replaced auspicious Chinese flowers, and we find cranes instead of phoenixes.
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