mirror (toilet articles)

Cast circular bronze mirror with a smooth reflective surface on one side. The reverse is deeply concave. Double raised rims and a pierced boss in the shape of a beast at the centre. Around the rim there is a band of tadpole-like pattern, followed by a band of birds and some grapes, which are dimly discernible. Within the inner raised rim and around the boss there are six mythical beasts and bunches of grapes. This mirror is a copy of the Tang dynasty, 618-907 AD, prototype.

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