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Chinese Mirrors

Though uncommon until the Han dynasty, the Chinese made mirrors since the Neolithic period. Chinese mirrors are made from a bronze alloy rather than glass. This craft was developed primarily during the Han dynasty. Mirrors are cast with one flat side and one side decorated with intricate lines, symbols, and decorations surrounding a round knob in the middle. As time passed, the designs became less abstract and more figurative in their representation of motifs.

The technique used to create bronze mirrors in China during the Han dynasty also led to the development of the Chinese “Magic Mirror," also known as the “light-penetration” mirror due to its seemingly transparent quality. These bronze objects appeared to be perfectly smooth and mirror-like on one side, with a decoration on the... Read more

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March 30, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Commack, NY, USA

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Chinese bronze mirror.

March 30, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Commack, NY, USA

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Chinese bronze mirror.

March 30, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Commack, NY, USA

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SET OF INLAID CHINESE MIRROR AND TABLE

March 30, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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A Chinese Pale Jade Ring and Bi Disc Mounted as a Hand Mirror, Qing Dynasty, 19t

April 2, 2017, 12:00 PM CST
Dallas, TX, USA

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