Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

Mirror with the Image of Avalokitesvara

Mirror with the Image of Avalokitesvara

백동 관음보살 경상 (白銅觀音菩薩文鏡像)

early 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


Did you know?

Due to its origin as an important tool in religion and politics, mirrors are often mentioned in many Korean proverbs that warn certain behaviors.


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 Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion and was used as a part of Buddhist rituals.

See also
Korean Art
Korean Art
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