Bronze Mirror, China, Song Dynasty (960-1279), octofoil shape, the knob surrounded by a finely cast high-relief scene representing the story of Cei Fei, the dragon slayer surrounded by passengers on a ship in a sea of creatures including a whale as he attempts to slay a dragon, above the ship is inscribed in large characters, huangpi changtian (great and resplendent is the heaven), the dark gray patina with malachite encrustation, dia. 7 in.
Note: See Christie's New York, Sale 2658, Lot 1470, Luminous Perfection: Fine Chinese Mirrors from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection.
in good condition
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