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Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Burial Mounds

"Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Burial Mounds"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 15, 2021 (Tue) - December 5, 2021 (Sun)

  
Mirror, Deity and imaginary creature design
From Izumikoganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th century (Chinese-made: 3rd century, dated Keisho 3) (Important Cultural Property)

The mirrors displayed here comprise two types: ones inscribed with their respective years of production, and ones that were passed down through multiple generations before burial in tumuli. The former type are inscribed with Chinese era names from dynasties such as the Wei (220–265) and the Wu (222–280), and have been excavated in limited number from Japanese tumuli. The latter were buried in tumuli years after being produced, and are invaluable for shedding light on the establishment of Kofun-period culture.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Mirror, Deity and imaginary creature design From Izumikoganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka Kofun period, 4th century (Chinese-made: 3rd century, dated Keisho 3) J-36931-1
Important Cultural Property Mirror (Inscription of Date 240), Divinity and Animal Design Kofun period, 4th century Gift of Mr. Igarashi Kan'ei and Mr. Negishi Morisaburo, J-5800
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