Mirror with Four Buddhas and Four Animals

Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Place of production
Era century
Kofun (Tumulus) Period
Diameter 24.1 cm
Kyoto National Museum
This high quality bronze mirror has an excellent design on the back. Birds and clouds compose the border patterns with animals in the center. A pattern of alternating semi-circles and squares divides the outer and inner sections of the composition. Each of the squares is inscribed with Chinese characters.
The central design is made up of four beasts, four animals, and four Buddhas, each with two attendants. Attendants of two of the Buddhas are seated, while those of the other two are standing.

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