Mirror with the Image of Avalokitesvara

Mirror with the Image of Avalokitesvara

백동 관음보살 경상 (白銅觀音菩薩文鏡像)

1900s

Bronze with incised Buddhist designs

Overall: 15.7 x 13 cm (6 3/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Director's Contingent Fund 1918.531

Description

Mirrors, along with swords and jade, were among the most important symbols of power. It is thought that mirrors held power through their ability to catch and reflect light. This rare trapezoid-shaped example is engraved with an image of the bodhisattva Kwaneum, and was used as a part of Buddhist rituals.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork

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