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Mirror

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Object Number:
22377
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Jin Dynasty
Date Made:
1115 - 1234 CE
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Bronze
Description:
Chinese bronze mirror. Relatively late, though it borrows from Han mirror design in terms of ornament. The four characters read: 貴家富宗 (Gui jia fu zong): "May the family be noble and the lineage prosperous." It has the image of a coin embedded in the decoration, which bears the characters: 大定通, a Jin Dynasty (Jurchen) issued coin, although the characters are hard to read. This dates the mirror to after the 12th century. The mirror may be contemporary with the coin's issue.
Credit Line:
Purchased from Rev. Edward W. Thwing; subscription of Robert C. H. Brock, 1902

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