A bronze lobed 'phoenix' mirror Tang Dynasty
Lot 216*
A bronze lobed 'phoenix' mirror Tang Dynasty
Sold for £7,200 (US$ 12,089) inc. premium
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A bronze lobed 'phoenix' mirror
Tang Dynasty
Cast in relief around the central pierced knop with two confronted phoenix forming the horizontal axis, each holding a tassel in its beak and lifting a spray in one claw, the vertical axis formed of a lotus spray and a grapevine, encircled by a border enclosing dragonflies, insects and floral sprays.
16cm (6¼in) diam.


  • Compare a larger four-lobed mirror similarly cast with a pair of phoenix, dated to the Tang dynasty, excavated in 1956, in Shanxi province, illustrated in Zhongguo qingtong qitu ji, Vol.II, Beijing, 2005, p.477; and two mirrors with similar phoenix and plant decorative elements, dated to the Tang dynasty, from the Cleveland Museum of Art, illustrated by J. Chou, Circles of Reflection: The Carter Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors, Cleveland, Ohio, 2000, Catalogue nos. 65 and 66a.

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