Mirror with Mountain Roses and Sparrows Motifs (Yamabuki to Tsubame)

The back of this mirror is decorated with a pattern called Yamabuki to Tsubame, or Mountain Roses and Sparrows. Bronze mirrors were introduced to Japan from China during the Kofun period (250-552). The reflective surface of the front of a mirror was considered almost magical. As a result mirrors were often buried with their owner or […]