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Mirror

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Artist

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Title

Mirror

Date

Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

D: 13.9 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0374.A

Collection

Chinese

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The so-called caoye (grass and leaf) mirror was one of the most popular designs in the period of the Western Han dynasty, decorated with symmetrically-placed clusters of stylised grasses and leaves. The square frieze in the centre, in common with other mirrors of this type, bears an inscription which reads: jian ri zhi guang fu le wei lai (as you look upon the light of the sun, wealth and pleasure lie ahead).

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