Mirror with parrots and flowers


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

During the Tang dynasty, new species of parrots were brought in as tribute to the imperial court, first from the newly annexed territories in southwestern China, and subsequently from Southeast Asia. The latter soon became one of the most sought-after pets for their exotic look and colorful feathers, and their images a favorite subject in the arts.

Mirror with parrots and flowers, Bronze, China

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