Mirror with Autumn Plants, Butterflies, and Birds

Classification
Metalwork
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Heian Period
Size
Rim width 0.2 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
Autumn plants were a popular motif for artifacts produced around the period this work was made. The small stationery box with plovers and waves in <i>makie</i> and mother-of-pearl inlay, housed at Kong&ocirc;bu-ji Temple in Wakayama Prefecture, is another example of such design. The distinctive gap around the rim, and the simple but vigorous depiction of butterflies and birds suggest that this mirror was made in the early 12th century.

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