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Bronze mirror with a handle

 

Diameter: 15.000 cm

Gift of Dr. W. L. Hildburgh

Asia JA 1944.4-1.2

Rooms 92-94: Japan

    Bronze mirror with a handle

    From Japan
    Edo period, 18th century AD

    This mirror is decorated with a perfect miniature landscape. Peacocks stand beneath a flowering plum tree beside a waterfall and winding stream. To the left irises are coming into bloom. The handle has its original rattan binding.

    The mirror is inscribed Fujiwara Masashige saku (‘Made by Masashige of the Fujiwara family'). Makers of mirrors often had high status in Japan because the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, formed part of the Imperial regalia.

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

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