Mirror with a Coiling Dragon
Cast in high-tin and low-lead bronze by the lost wax method, this mirror has a dark and lustrous patina known as heiqigu (literally, “black lacquer antique”). It bears a design of a coiling dragon
Tang dynasty (618-906) bronze mirror with lions and grapevines design, Honolulu Academy of Arts. The Tang Dynasty is another peak period for the development of the bronze mirrors. Bronze mirrors were very popular in the Tang Dynasty due to the improvement of the metal casting techniques and the improvement of people's lives. Thick and delicately decorated, the bronze mirrors of the Tang Dynasty were as pure as silver with more tin in the raw materials.
Bronze mirror with motifs of grapes and auspicious animals, Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Besides the round pattern, there were new patterns like the rhombus pattern and sunflower pattern, etc. According to the decorative lines, the bronze mirrors of the Tang Dynasty can be divided into several categories: mirrors with flower and bird, with phoenix, with fortunate animal, with dragon and with human figures.