Inlay for a Mirror or Box: shih-shih

Inlay for a Mirror or Box: shih-shih

c. 900-1000

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Beaten silver with chased details

Overall: 4.2 x 6.1 cm (1 5/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Gift of Eugene Victor Thaw 1969.78.4

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The p'ing-t'o technique of inlaying gold and silver foil on lacquer produced luxurious articles of elegance and fragility. These stray silver inlays were originally mounted on a mirror back or a cosmetic box whose lacquered surface has disintegrated. They combine auspicious symbols of Indian and Chinese origin--human-headed birds whose melodies filled the Buddhist paradise, and bird-riding deities who inhabited the skies of Taoist mythology. Like these imaginary beings, the lions were probably paired in a radial design; at least one has been lost.

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Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork

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