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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This mirror is from the Royal Danish Kunstkammer and must have been in the king’s possession before 1665, when the pattern was copied in the Pricess’s “Chinese” closet at Rosenborg Castle. It shows the Royal origins of East Asian collections in Denmark, and creative processes of localization around these materialities.

History of the Object
This mirror is made of highly polished bronze and the back is decorated with relief lacquer work in a Chinese inspired pattern of two so-called shihi lions under a peony bush. In ancient times mirrors were assigned magical qualities and where therefore also used as amulets.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Bronze and lacquer 
Measurements
35 cm. 
Creator name
Unkown 
Creator date
Unkown 
Where it was made
 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
First half of the 17th century 
Function
 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The National Museum of Denmark 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of Denmark 
Museum
National Museum of Denmark 
Credit line
Photographer Lennart Larsen 

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