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Important Art Object

Mirror with a design of flying birds and running animals


Period China, Sui dynasty, 6th century
Materials and techniques White copper
Size D.26.8


Around the central knob are 16 flower petals. Outside it, eight lions are arranged in four pairs facing each other. A ring which protrudes prominently separates the lions from a band with an inscription in Chinese characters. In the next register are three different groups consisting of a pair of birds and a pair of animals, and in the outermost register is a floral scroll pattern. The entire mirror is thus filled with elaborate designs. This is a fine mirror, excellent both artistically and technically. The wording of the inscription indicates that it is a product of the Sui dynasty.

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