Eastern Han dynasty
Diameter 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.), Weight 493 gm (1.09 lb.)
Medium or Technique
Cast bronze with high-relief decoration of dragons and inscription
Paul and Helen Bernat Galleries (Gallery 273)
An inscription of twenty-four characters is arranged in a set of twelve small squares spaced evenly along the perimeter of the relief portion. It reads: "I made this shining mirror...to wish the owner longevity, prosperity, fitting to be a king or duke, enjoying endless happiness."
Purchased in China by Okakura Kakuzo, 1912.
Chinese and Japanese Special Fund