Bronze mirror with four knobs

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Origin
China
Period
Han dynasty, 206 BC - 220 AD
Material
Bronze
Diameter
10.2 cm

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Description

The backside of this round bronze mirror has a plain central knob, surrounded by four smaller knobs alternating with stylized clouds. The mirror is covered in an intense green patina. The front and the raised areas of the backside were, for an optical finish, polished. There is a hole in the central knob for attachment to clothes.

In addition to their use, mirrors were part of the burial rituals in the Han Dynasty and placed in the tomb of the deceased. The round form and the light-reflecting characteristics were linked to good fortune and protection. During the Han Dynasty some of the finest mirrors were made, using bronze with a very high tin content. The backside of the mirrors is often decorated, with scrolls, clouds, animals, knobs and inscriptions. 

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