Mirror Back with Birds and Animals in Repoussé
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Diam. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm)
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
Originally attached to the back of a bronze mirror, this silver disk is richly decorated with fantastic birds and felines frolicking amid lotus tendrils against a background finely stippled with a punch ring.