Splendors of Luoyang Museum: Bronze mirror with gold and silver ornaments in the shape offlowers and phoenix
Splendors of Luoyang Museum takes you to touch the pulse of Chinese civilization and feel the history and culture of thismillennium ancient capital.
Bronze mirror is a treasure of Chinese bronze art and cultural heritage. This bronze mirror with pasted pieces of gold and silver ornaments in the shape of flowers and phoenix was reputed as the fine art. The shape of the mirror is the sunflower, with a diameter of 30.5 cm.There is a half ring button in the middle of the back andalso decorated with gold and silver pieces of petaled lotus, various flowers,butterflies and phoenix with ribbon. Though its making process wastime-consuming and laborious, this technique has been in vogue in the Tang Dynasty. Firstly, craftsmen should apply the lacquer on the back as the base,and then paste gold and silver pieces on the base. After that, it also needs to be applied lacquer, dried, polished repeatedly to form the final product. This seemingly simple bronze mirror reflects painstaking effort of craftsmen in workmanship. Manufacturing this mirror costs a huge amount of labor and financial resources so that it was a truly luxury at that time. It is precious that it could be preserved for thousands of years to enable modern people to appreciate its elegant demeanor.