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Bronze mirror


Diameter: 11.500 cm

Gift of H. Yamakawa

Asia JA 1927.10-14.1

Rooms 92-94: Japan

    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.

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


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