Asian Art

Mirror with Animals and Grapes

late 7th century CE

Silvered bronze

Diam. 14.6 cm. (5 3/4 in.)
In memory of Dr. Bert G. and Florence O. Anderson
1992.36.1
Grapes were introduced to China from the western reaches of Central Asia beginning in the Han dynasty. They were particularly treasured during the Tang period, when grape wine became popular at court and among the gentry. Mirrors depicting grapes and animals—often identified as lions, another exoticism—were popular in the seventh and eighth centuries C.E., the height of multinational trade between China and the Mediterranean world that took place along the overland routes known collectively as the Silk Road.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
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