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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

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Metalwork