Extremely Rare Foliated Gilt Gold & Silver Green Lacquered Bronze Mirror


Extremely Rare Foliated Gilt Gold & Silver Green Lacquered Bronze Mirror

In our Opinion, Han Dynasty

Diameter: 7.5 inches (19 cm)


This rare foliated mirror consists of gold and silver relief inlays forming alternating parrots executed on a green colored perimeter forming the face of the mirror. There are alternating honeysuckle flowers which complete the design. This mirror reflects the subtle, understated almost delicate feminine quality of Han period metalwork, ceramics and painting. There is extensive patination to the surface which is consistent with the dating of this object. In our opinion, this mirror is a fine example of Han period period art.


Reference number 2742

Ex Collection: Alan & Simone Hartman, New York City

Formerly in a private Japanese collection


A collection of significant bronze mirrors is illustrated in the Catalogue of Special Exhibition of Bronze Mirrors in the National Palace Museum. Chu Jen-hsing, trans. Kenneth Ganza and Cary Y. Liu. Taipei: National Palace Museum, 1986. Pages 187-211.

See further illustrations of bronze mirrors in Ancient Chinese Bronze Art. W. Thomas Chase. New York: China Institute, 1991.

See the discussion of Han period mirrors in Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors, Robert Swallow and Fred Bleicher, Ann Arbor: Ars Ceramica, Ltd., 1977. Pages 44-48.

For a comprehensive discussion of the imagery and its significance in Han art, see Art & Political Expression in Early China, Martin J. Powers. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.


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