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Bronze mirror in the shape of a lotus


Diameter: 12.200 cm

Gift of H. Yamakawa

Asia JA 1927.10-14.8

    Bronze mirror in the shape of a lotus

    From Japan
    Muromachi period, 15th-16th century AD

    The eight-petalled lotus is the symbol of Enlightenment in Buddhism. Here it provides a perfect basis for the ornate design of a pair of birds in flight among scrolls of stylized flowers and tendrils.

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


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