A bronze mirror
Tang dynasty (618-907)
The octa-foil mirror is cast on the reverse side with a leaping lion and bird in flight separated by two mountain peaks, all around the central pierced hemispherical knop. The raised border is decorated with butterflies and detached flower and ruyi sprays, and encircled by a raised rim. The surface shows areas of malachite encrustation mainly on the mirroring side.
12 cm diameter
Formerly in the collection of Gerard Dissevelt
Gerard Dissevelt (1912-1992) was a former Dutch ambassador, stationed in China and Japan during the 1950s.