Bronze mirrors, with a history of 4,000 years, are an important category in Chinese antiquities, and their exquisite craftsmanship, gorgeous decoration, and rich spiritual and cultural symbolism have gained people’s attention and affection. The culture of bronze mirrors reached its peak in the Han and Tang Dynasties, and Chang’an (now called Xi’an), as the capital city of both dynasties, was undoubtedly the center of this culture. The bronze mirrors exhibited are the more precious examples, and have been carefully selected from the collections (about 4,000 bronze mirrors) of Xi’an Museum.
The utility function of bronze mirrors has gradually faded into history, but their spiritual meaning and social value have never stopped growing. Li Shimin, Emperor Taizong of the early Tang Dynasty, proposed his famous mirror theory: using bronze as a mirror would keep him properly dressed; using history as a mirror would let him know the vicissitudes of other dynasties; using other people as a mirror would help him determine whether he was right or wrong. Since the proposal of this theory, bronze mirrors have been considered as the typical image and symbol of honesty, integrity, and objectivity in Chinese culture.
This exhibition presents visitors with a new historical memory, a unique interpretation across material and spiritual cultures, and an elegant and delightful experience. Visitors will enjoy themselves in appreciating these bronze mirrors and the aesthetic value that they demonstrate.
Graded Objects: 60 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 19 Jun 2016--19 Jun 2017