Mirror. Design of two cranes in flight and pine needles. Made of bronze, cast using lost-wax method.
- 12thC (ca.)
- Made in: Japan
- Diameter: 11.2 centimetres
- Weight: 117 grammes
- Height: 0.8 centimetres (Lying flat)
By the Heian period the Daoist decorations and geometrical forms which had been adopted from Chinese mirrors during the Kofun period had been replaced largely by Japanese motifs. The cranes and pines on this mirror are auspicious emblems of longevity. The central boss is pierced with a hole to take a cord loop for holding the mirror. (label copy, VH, 1999)
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2014 March - June, AHOW PROMISED
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Object reference number: JCR5787
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