Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
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.
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.