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Square flying deity and crane mirror

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Square flying deity and crane mirror

Date

Tang dynasty (AD 618-906)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 11.8 cm x W: 11.8cm square.

Reference

CVCSC 0397.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

The predominant shape for mirrors until the Tang dynasty was round. During the Tang more shapes appear, including lobed and, as in this case, square. This unusual example features a crane, a phoenix and two flying deities, surrounded by cloud scrolls. Cloud designs relate to the belief that the soul could travel on a cloud to join the world of immortal beings.

Square flying deity and crane mirror Tang dynasty (AD 618-906) © Compton Verney