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Mirror with Chrysanthemums and Sparrows Design

  • Diameter: 20.6 cm
  • Thickness: 0.3 cm
  • Kamakura Period (13th Century)
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • EK 207
  • Important Art Object

This mirror was made with the hakudo nickel-casting technique. It depicts playful sparrows and a suhama sandbank abloom with chrysanthemums.

The chrysanthemum had been used as a subject of mirror design since the late-Heian period, but the combination of chrysanthemums and suhama sandbank became popular in the Kamakura Period.

With its realistic, finely detailed design and its refined casting technique, this mirror is one of the outstanding extant examples of its kind.

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