Mirror

Chinese
Eastern Han dynasty
2nd century


Dimensions

Diameter 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.), Weight 493 gm (1.09 lb.)

Accession Number

12.1059

Medium or Technique

Cast bronze with high-relief decoration of dragons and inscription

On View

Paul and Helen Bernat Galleries (Gallery 273)

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Metalwork

Inscription

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."

Provenance

Purchased in China by Okakura Kakuzo, 1912.

Credit Line

Chinese and Japanese Special Fund