Mirror Back with Birds and Animals in Repoussé

Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)

Date: 8th century

Culture: China

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Diam. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm)

Classification: Mirrors

Credit Line: Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.214.22


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.