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Item Details
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Culture
China, Sui dynasty (581-618) - Tang dynasty (618-907)
Title
Mirror with Paired Felines
Work Type
Metalwork
Date
late 6th-7th Century
Material
bronze
Measurements
Diameter: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
Description
The two leopard-like creatures stalking each other around the knob of this mirror display a naturalistic animal style that emerged with the Sui and Tang unification of China. Their contrained energy contrasts markedly with the reserved image of a young woman described in the encircling poetic inscription:
The maiden's chamber---bright and clear
Her precious mirror---round
It has doubled both her eyes
As she danced with the lonely phoenix.
Its light flows over her powdered face, painted brow
Diffusing radiance upon her silken gauze
While with infinite delicacy
She demurely glances at herself.
Unlike the tightly integrated Han mirrors, examples of the Sui and Tang are typically inscribed with romantic verses that bear no relation to their accompanying designs.
The maiden's chamber---bright and clear
Her precious mirror---round
It has doubled both her eyes
As she danced with the lonely phoenix.
Its light flows over her powdered face, painted brow
Diffusing radiance upon her silken gauze
While with infinite delicacy
She demurely glances at herself.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: China - Sui Dynasty
Department: Chinese Art
Dudley P. Allen Fund
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
1926.249_full.tif
SSID
24584708

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