Excavated Artifacts

Classification
Archaeolog
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Kofun (Tumulus) Period
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
Mirrors, which were brought to Japan from the Korean Peninsula and China during the Yayoi period (ca. 400 B.C.-ca. A.D. 250), served as important ceremonial implements for rituals from the Yayoi through the Kofun (ca. 250-ca. 600) periods. The faces of the mirrors were generally convex and polished with mercury, while the backs were decorated with various designs with a knob attached in the center to pass a string through. Mirrors are usually exhibited to show the decorations on the back, but these works are displayed face up.

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Mirror with TLV Pattern and Animals

Kofun (Tumulus) Period

Kyoto National Museum

Mirror with Wave Rim Pattern

Kofun (Tumulus) Period

Kyoto National Museum

Mirror with Triangular Rim and Two Gods and Two Animals

Kofun (Tumulus) Period

Kyoto National Museum