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An Imperial Zitan Hand Mirror

Qing Dynasty, 18th Century

Length: 32.9cm

The mirror is mounted within a circular zitan frame which is embellished with a band of stained ivory scrolls and inlaid ruyi-shaped conch shell and amber-inlaid flowers. The silver wire-inlaid handle is secured with an openwork gilt-bronze scrolling dragon fitting.

The zitan is of a dark chocolate brown colour.

Similar Example
A zitan hand mirror with silver inlay dated to the mid-Qing period in the Palace Museum collection is published in The Complete Collection of Chinese Bamboo, Wood Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Volume 3: Wood Carvings Part 2 中國竹木牙 角器全集3: 木雕器 ( 下), Beijing, 2009, p. 260, Catalogue No. 210.

PROVENANCE
Gerard Hawthorn

清十八世紀 宮廷紫檀嵌銀絲茜色百寶手把鏡