Mirror with eight arches, decorated with peonies and leaves
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Artist:   Korean  
Title:   Mirror with eight arches, decorated with peonies and leaves  
Date:   Koryo dynasty  
Medium:   Bronze, glass  
Dimensions:   8 1/2 in. (21.59 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Louis W. Hill, Jr.  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Finely cast bronze mirrors were a standard luxury good among aristocratic men and women. While the fronts were polished to achieve a reflective surface, the backs were cast in decorative relief and organized around a central domed eyelet to accommodate a cord. As magical solar disks, they were also frequently placed in tombs in the belief that they could illuminate the darkness for the spirit of the deceased.


Object Description  
  
Inscriptions:    
Classification:   Metalwork  
Physical Description:   eight arches around center knob surrounded by pattern of peonies and leaves  
Creation Place:   Asia, Korea, , ,  
Accession #:   76.72.25  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts