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Mirror

Mirror

  • Place of origin:

    Korea

  • Date:

    918-1392 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast Bronze

  • Museum number:

    M.86-1937

  • Gallery location:

    Korea, Room 47g, case 10

Physical description

The plain mirror has a small pierced projection at the top.

Place of Origin

Korea

Date

918-1392 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast Bronze

Descriptive line

Met, Korea, Mirrors

Labels and date

4. Five Goryeo-gyeong (bronze mirrors)
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
Korean bronze mirrors, Goryeo-gyeong, were produced on a large scale and in a wide variety of shapes from the 10th century. They were often elaborately patterned on one side, while the other was polished to a high sheen to provide a reflection. A loop at the top of the mirror allowed for a string to be put through to make a handle or a hanging system. Bronze mirrors were used until glass mirrors were imported to the Korean peninsula in the late 17th century.
Cast bronze
Museum no. FE.229-1974 given by Miss Christobel Hardcastle
Museum nos. M.77,82,86-1937 [05/04/2019]

Production Note

Korean bronze mirrors, Goryeo-gyeong, were produced on a large scale and in a wide variety of shapes from the 10th century. They were often elaborately patterned on one side, while the other was polished to a high sheen to provide a reflection. A loop at the top of the mirror allowed for a string to be put through to make a handle or a hanging system. Bronze mirrors were used until glass mirrors were imported to the Korean peninsula in the late 17th century.

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Mirrors

Collection

East Asia Collection

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