A rare inscribed 'four cardinal directions' silvered bronze mirror, Sui / Tang dynasty | 隋 / 唐 銅鎏銀瑞獸紋鏡
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A rare inscribed 'four cardinal directions' silvered bronze mirror
Sui / Tang dynasty
隋 / 唐 銅鎏銀瑞獸紋鏡
cast with a thirty-two character inscription reading xianshan bingzhao zhishui qiming huachao yanlai yueye liuming longpan wurui luanwu shuangqing chuanwen renshou shiyan xiaobing (The immortal peaks rise as twins, the wise river now has a rival. Morning flowers are made bright and charming, at night, its light reflects the moon. The dragon coils around the jade disc; a pair of fabulous birds dance in harmony. It is said the Renshou era was when the war began to end)
仙山並照 智水齊名 花朝艷來 月夜流明
龍盤五瑞 鸞舞雙清 傳聞仁壽 始驗銷兵
Diameter 7⅞ in., 20.2 cm
In general good condition. The surface with typical oxidation, accretion and wear, consistent with age and type.
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Collection of A.W. Bahr (1877-1959).
Collection of Miss Edna Helen Bahr, until 1956.
Sotheby's London, 17th July 1956, lot 90.
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. T.5.23.
Edna Helen 巴爾女士收藏，至1956年
吳權博士 (1910-1997) 收藏