Seller: renman1896 (966) 0%, Location: Athol, Massachusetts, Ships to: US, Europe, CA, JP, AU, Item: 252066173928 Condition: Excavated funerary item., Material: Bronze, Details: A bronze cast mirror from the ancient Chinese Tang dynasty, ca. 618 - 907 AD. The mirror, having a central protruding boss with a hole through it, likely used to hang by a cord strung through it. Around the periphery of the boss are cast imaginary creatures, the edge is raised, and sandy soil from burial adheres to most of the crevices, has a light green color from the verdigris patina. The opposite side is plain and would have been highly polished in antiquity to provide the reflective surface. 3-1/2" (8.9cm) max. diameter, 3/16" (0.5cm) thick at the rim. Furnished with the black painted wood stand shown in the photo, along with a small freestanding labeling placard (not shown) see some of my other offerings. Bronze mirrors have a long history in Chinese culture, dating to at least the 11th century (BC). Many mirrors were placed with their owners in ancient tombs. Some have been passed down from generation to generation for many years in the same family. Most bronze mirrors are round -- a form that symbolizes perfection and bliss. Round shapes in ancient China also represented reunion, fortune and satisfactory love and marriage. Since the nature of reflection is somewhat mysterious, people were prone to associate mirrors with the supernatural. I will furnish a color photocopy (laminated in clear plastic) of a similar mirror located in the Freer-Sackler Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art, for complete dating and culture documentation. A nice ancient Chinese artifact, wonderful display piece, can be removed for examination at any time. Also comes with my lifetime Certificate of Authenticity and Guarantee, bid with confidence you will not be disappointed. PS. Be sure to examine my other offerings, thanks.