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'
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2014 23 Apr - 2 Aug, A History of the world, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
2014 Dec - 2015 Mar, A History of the world, Taiwan PROMISED
2015 April - 2016 Jan, A History of the world, Japan PROMISED
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Object reference number: JCR5787
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