Mirror with dragon


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

A dragon’s twisting form animates the back of this mirror. The animal splays its limbs around the perimeter and clenches the central boss in its jaws, reflecting a stylistic change in the eighth century, when pictorial designs gradually replaced symmetrical schematic patterns.

Mirror with dragon, Bronze, China

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