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Phoenix mirror

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Phoenix mirror

Date

Tang dynasty (AD 618-906)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

D: 16 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0379.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

Mirrors were luxury items and status symbols of the privileged classes. Although they remained the preserve of the élite, by the time this mirror was produced they had become more widespread, and their ownership had broadened to include the rising merchant classes. The central design of this mirror features two phoenix, surrounded by motifs of insects and floral sprays.

Phoenix mirror Tang dynasty (AD 618-906) © Compton Verney