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Item Details
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Culture
Japan, Muromachi Period (1392-1573)
Title
Mirror
Work Type
Metalwork
Date
1400s-1500s
Material
bronze
Measurements
Diameter: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)
Description
The Japanese used chrysanthemums as decorative elements on mirrors. In the Heian period, a chrysanthemum with cranes or long-tailed birds was a common motif. Later, in the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, chrysanthemum designs were divided into three patterns with different symbolic associations: Chrysanthemum with Cranes represented longevity; Water Flowing suggested longevity as well as the Noh drama Kikujido, or Chrysanthemum Boy; and East Fence alluded to the poem "Drinking Wine" by Tao Yuanming (AD 365-427). Here, the mirror featuring Buddhist iconography (kyojo) and a chrysanthemum design on the back shows that the flower was also appreciated in the context of Buddhism in the Kamakura period.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: Japanese Art
Department: Japanese Art
Provenance: (Yamanaka and Co.)
Gift of D. Z. Norton
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1917.648_full.tif
SSID
24561429

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