[collection name]: bronze mirrors of the Chinese Zodiac
[collection quantity]: one piece
[introduction to the collection]: the twelve zodiac decorations are used for the decoration of bronze mirrors. The layout structure of bronze mirrors is rigorous, and the decorations are often configured in different areas. The main patterns are supernatural auspicious animals and the twelve zodiac. The patterns are usually arranged in twelve squares, with one animal pattern in each grid. The outer edge is usually serrated.
In the ancient mirror atlas, "the description is exquisite, the writing is magnificent, and the meaning of the words is gentle. No mirror is good at one tool and three preparations." the innovation of copper mirror in these aspects is an important reason why it has attracted the attention of future generations. Facing the strong call of real life, the craftsman gave more profound meaning to the patterns and inscriptions of bronze mirrors. When people appreciate the new aesthetic taste of bronze mirrors, they have to explore the new ideas and new pursuit widely spread behind it.
The history of ancient Chinese bronze mirror casting can be traced back to 4000 years ago. We found that although the bronze mirrors in each historical period have the distinctive characteristics given by their own times, the tradition of Chinese national art condensed above is strong, and the context of mutual inheritance and development can be found. The achievements of ancient Chinese bronze mirrors not only show the rich and colorful decorative art, but also reflect the level of bronze technology in China