A BRONZE 'CAO YE' MIRROR HAN DYNASTY
2,000 - 3,000 USD
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- Diameter 5 1/2 in., 14 cm
the domed boss enclosed by four trefoils extending to the corners of a square border cast with eight characters reading jian ri zhi ming, chang le wei ying (Seeing the light of the sun, brings everlasting joy), surrounded by a ring with four bosses alternating with stylized tree motifs and trefoils with concave leaves, all set within a raised scalloped border around the rim, the silvery-gray patina with patches of green encrustation, Japanese wood box (4)
Kitayama Fine Arts, Tokyo, acquired in the 1970s.
A mirror of the same size and pattern from the Swedish Royal Collections is illustrated by Karlgren, 'Early Chinese Mirrors', B.M.F.E.A. Stockholm, no. 40, 1968, pl. 102, no. K 11, together with another of slightly smaller size, no. K 12.