Mirror with dragons

Mirror. Dull brown surface with areas of green aerugo and earthy incrustation. Decoration in gold and silver inlay.

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Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BCE
Bronze with gold and silver inlay
Diam x D: 19.7 x 1.5 cm (7 3/4 x 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Mirror


China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)

From at least 1933 to 1936
C. T. Loo & Company, Paris from at least January 1933 [1]

From 1936
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company, Paris and New York on March 3, 1936 [2]


[1] Umehara Sueji, "Hosokawa koshaku-ke zo kin-gin-saku shuryo monkyo" (An Inlaid Bronze Mirror in Marquis Hosokawa's Collection), Bijutsu kenkyu no. 13 (January 1933), p. 5, pl. 3, listed as owned by C. T. Loo, Paris.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice dated March 3, 1936, copy in object file. The mirror was included on a "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo, New York and [sent to] the Gallery for examination, December 1934." The invoice was issued by C. T. Loo's Paris gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948


Mirror. Dull brown surface with areas of green aerugo and earthy incrustation. Decoration in gold and silver inlay.

Published References
  • Osvald Siren. Kinas Konst Under Tre Artusenden. 2 vols., Stockholm, 1942-1943. vol. 2: pl. 46b.
  • Sueji Umehara. Some Ancient Chinese Mirrors with Rich Ornaments. vol. 14 Osaka, June 1954. pl. 6a.
  • Sueji Umehara. Kan izen no kokyo no kenkyu [L'Etude sur le Miroir Anterieur a la Dynastie des Han]. Kyoto. vol. 6: pp. 9-10, 38-40, pl. 37, fig. 1.
  • Sueji Umehara. Hosokawa koshaku-ke zo kin-gin-saku shuryu monkyo [An Inlaid Bronze Mirror in Marquis Hosokawa's Collection]. vol. 13 Tokyo, January 1933. figs. 1-7.
  • Sueji Umehara. Rakuyo kinson kobo shuei [Objects from the Ancient Tombs at Chin Ts'un, Lo-yang]. Kyoto. pl. 49.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. pl. 1.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. appendix 3, pl. 1.
  • Robert Dale Jacobsen. Inlaid Bronzes of Pre-Imperial China: A Classical Tradition and Its Later Revivals. 2 vols. Ann Arbor. pl. 172.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 25, vol. 1: p. 155.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 19.
  • Compiled by the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes: Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Oriental Studies Series, no. 3 Washington, 1946. p. 68, pl. 37.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 38, p. 83.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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