Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Universe within Inches: Bronze Mirrors Donated by Prof. MARK Kai-keung
Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Aug 12, 2017 To Sep 17, 2017
Detail: Bronze mirrors first appeared in China in approximately 2000 BC, and for almost 4,000 years, there has been a great demand for mirrors in China. Chinese producers have excelled in the design, craftsmanship, and casting methods of these mirrors. Ancient people would have used mirrors to reflect images but would also treat them as gifts, works of art for display, and even religious tools. The reflective mirror fronts are usually heavily corroded nowadays and can no longer reflect clear images, but the décors on the mirrors’ backs still attract us. Thus, all the mirrors in this exhibition are shown with their decorated backs.