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Animal and grapevine mirror

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Animal and grapevine mirror

Date

Tang dynasty (AD 618-906)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

D: 13.7 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0396.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

The decorated side of this mirror features a lion and grape motif, one of the most common designs of the Tang dynasty. During this period, new varieties of grape began to be imported from Central Asia, and in about AD 640 the Chinese learned from the people of Turkestan the art of fermenting grapes to make wine.

Animal and grapevine mirror Tang dynasty (AD 618-906) © Compton Verney