Bronze mirror

From 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.

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L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)


Diameter: 11.500 cm

Museum number

Asia JA 1927.10-14.1


Gift of H. Yamakawa


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