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Chinese Bronzes of the Shang and Zhou Periods
Han Dynasty Bronzes
Early Chinese Ceramics
Sculpture from Tombs
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Tang and Liao Dynasty Metalwork
Ceramics of the Song and Jin Periods
Porcelains of the Yuan and Early Ming Periods
Imperial Chinese Ceramics of the 15th Century
Ceramics of the Late Ming Period
Qing Dynasty Porcelain
Landscape Painting in China
Jade and Lacquer in China
North China, reportedly found in Henan Province; Tang period (618-906), about 8th century
Bronze with gold and silver inlays in lacquer
H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); W. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
The decoration of the back of this mirror illustrates the use of gold and silver during the Tang dynasty (618-906). The 7th and 8th centuries marked the height of the dynasty's power and prestige. They also saw a flowering of the arts and an increase in the number of precious-metal objects. The birds, flowers, insects, plants, and decorative motifs that embellish the back of this bronze mirror were cut from individual pieces of gold and silver foil, inlaid into a lacquer base, and then covered with an additional layer of lacquer to keep them in place. While this method of inlaying can be traced to the Han period (206 B.C.E. - C.E. 220), the plants and birds in the design are typically Tang.
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