Edo Period Bronze Japanese Wedding Mirror(Fujiwara Fam)

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 25, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

HISTORY: Most of you probably have mirrors made of glass at home. In Japan,however, mirrors made of bronze (copper mixed with tin and lead) were used until the Edo period (1615-1868). These mirrors had a design on the back side, while the front was gilt with tin and beautifully polished to create a reflective surface. You can still see your face in some of these early bronze mirrors even now. During the Edo period (1600-1868), mirrors decorated with lucky symbols or Chinese characters were given at weddings.The faces of mirrors were highly polished or burnished, with itinerant tinners and polishers specializing in this work. Since the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, were symbols of Imperial power, mirror-makers were deeply revered and often given honorary titles such as Tenka-Ichi ('First under Heaven'). However, this title was often misused and was officially prohibited in 1682. Bronze mirrors were replaced by glass mirrors after the Meiji Restoration (1868).

DESCRIPTION: This Rare Japanese Edo Period, 18th Century AD (1600-1868) Bronze Handle Mirror is From The Famous " Fujiwara" Royal Family- is decorated with lotus flower motif in center of mirror and intricate floral scroll design surrounding center motif. The mirror is inscribed Fujiwara Masashige saku (âe~Made by Masashige of the Fujiwara family').
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