A unique ancient Chinese bronze mirror in quadrate shape. These mirrors created as functional objects to aid the presentation of beauty and self in the sophisticated and wealthy culture of their time, had other functions as well. In archaic Chinese bronze-age cultures bronze mirrors are particularly associated with shamanism, magic, mystery and other worlds. As well as being aids to the day-to-day beautification process, such mirrors were used as 'interfaces' between the daily life and the beyond, in the performance of spiritual rites and as talismans.
The bronze age in China refers to the period between about 2000 and 771 B.C., when bronze was produced on a massive scale for weapons and ritual objects used by the ruling elite. Traditional Chinese histories, written in later centuries, speak of a series of ancient rulers who invented agriculture, writing, and the arts of government. The last of these legendary rulers, Yu, is credited with controlling floods and founding the Xia dynasty. Yu also cast nine sacred bronze vessels that became symbolic of the right to rule, and these were passed on to subsequent dynasties. While the account in the traditional histories is linear, with states following one another in a logical progression, the archaeological record reveals a more complicated picture of Bronze Age China.
The era of the Shang and the Zhou dynasties is generally known as the Bronze Age of China, because bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, used to fashion weapons, parts of chariots, and ritual vessels, played an important role in the material culture of the time. Iron appeared in China toward the end of the period, during the Eastern Zhou dynasty.
Ancient Chinese bronze mirror
Made of bronzesize:4"1/2 Preparation time: 2-3 working days