Diameter: 12.200 cm
Gift of H. Yamakawa
Asia JA 1927.10-14.8
Bronze mirror in the shape of a lotus
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)