Bronze Relief Hand Mirror

15th century or earlier
$1,480 USD
Make an Offer
W: 4.5" D: 3.0" H: 7.0"
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
Estimated Shipping

Before the broadened popularity of polished metal mirrors, many could only view their reflection by filling a basin with still water. With advancements in metalworking during the Warring States period (475 BC - 221 BC), bronze mirrors such as this became a daily tool reserved for the aristocratic class. An object of art made from valuable material, bronze mirrors frequently included cosmological, spiritual and even magical meanings and functions. Consequently, mirrors were commonly used as gifts, dowry offerings, burial goods, or religious accessories and were believed to dispel evil and misfortune.

This petite bronze mirror is an incredible example of traditional metalwork, finely cast of bronze with a thin, round form and low relief decoration. Significantly eroded from centuries of wear, the molded decoration includes round medallions and simple chrysanthemum blossoms enclosed by a circular border. Left flat and unadorned, the opposite side would have been highly polished and coated with mercury or silver for a bright, reflective surface. The small mirror features a pierced knob that would have been strung with cord so that it could be easily held in hand or tied to one’s clothing. Displayed on a custom steel stand, we’ve elevated this historic object to a fine work of sculpture.

Additional Dimensions:
Diameter of Mirror: 5"

Questions? Ask us

What They're Saying

Suzanne Lovell | Suzanne Lovell, Inc.

“I am particularly fond of PAGODA RED as we have known the family for so long. Betsy is a professional in every way and her intelligent taste comes from a long line of family knowledge in the arts. She and her team are the very best to work with and we find treasures with every visit!”

Receive our weekly email on design &
creating memorable spaces