Bronze mirror with a handle


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This mirror is decorated with a perfect miniature landscape. Peacocks stand beneath a flowering plum tree beside a waterfall and winding stream. To the left irises are coming into bloom. The handle has its original rattan binding.

The mirror is inscribed Fujiwara Masashige saku (‘Made by Masashige of the Fujiwara family'). Makers of mirrors often had high status in Japan because the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, formed part of the Imperial regalia.

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  • Title: Bronze mirror with a handle
  • Date Created: 1700/1799
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 15.20cm; Length: 24.80cm (with handle); Weight: 329.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Subject: peacock; plum blossom/tree
  • Registration number: 1944,0401.2
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Producer: Made by Masashige
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: bronze; rattan
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Hildburgh, Walter Leo