Diameter: 11.500 cm
Gift of H. Yamakawa
Asia JA 1927.10-14.1
Rooms 92-94: Japan
Kamakura period, 13th -14th century AD
Decorated with stylized birds among floral scrolls
This mirror is decorated with a pair of stylized birds among floral scrolls. The birds' wings are partly spread as if they are about to take off. The symmetry of the design, in the placing of the birds and of the scrolling, is a feature of mirrors of the period, and a characteristic of Kamakura period applied art in general.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)