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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bronze mirror is an exquisite example of the craftsmanship during the Six Dynasties. The decoration is also unique.

History of the Object
The main motif in this circular bronze mirror is equipped with a semi-spherical pierced central knob surrounded by a row of beading and plain bands. The main motif in the decoration, which is in relief, consists of Hsi Wang Mu, Queen of the Western paradise and Wang Ku Hsiang, King of the Eastern paradise on their knees, with their clothing spread out and flanked by Taoist spirits. There is also an incense burner flanked by figures and a dragon. Between the figures are bosses surrounded by beading. The Taoist picture is framed by an inscription and beyond this a striated band. A spiral vine and a zigzag border runs around the rim. The patina is dark.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
155 x 6 mm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Shao Hsing 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 4th century ~ AD 4th century 
Creation date
4th Century; Six Dynasties, 221 - 589 AD 
Function
Mirror 
Acquisition
Acquired from Joen Lagerberg, Stockholm, Sweden in 1967. 
Copyright
Photo: The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture archives, Jussi Pakkala 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture 
Museum
Didrichsen Art Museum 
Credit line
The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture 

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