Eight-foiled Mirror with Flower and Phoenix Design

Eight-foiled Mirror with Flower and Phoenix Design

청동 쌍난·보화무늬 팔능 거울 (銅製雙鸞寶華文八稜形鏡)

1100s

Bronze

Overall: 13.4 x 0.5 cm (5 1/4 x 3/16 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1921.660

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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.

Description

From ancient times, a mirror assumed various roles; a ritualistic tool, a diplomatic gift, and a luxury commodity. During the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), which saw the great advancement of metallurgy, the royal court was the center of distributing sophisticated bronze artifacts. According to historical records, on the 7th day of the Lunar New Year, the king bestowed a bronze mirror inscribed with auspicious symbols upon each court official as part of a ceremony to celebrate the Day of Humans. This explains why a large quantity of bronze mirrors were excavated from elite tombs.

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

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