Jointly organized with the Wuhan Museum, Guangzhou Municipal Museum will hold an exhibition of Chinese bronze mirrors from April 18 until July 2, presenting Chinese history and the stories of bronze mirrors to the public of Guangzhou.
There are up to 155 bronze mirrors on display, including two national first-class cultural relics and other precious examples. Dating back from the Warring State period to the end of the Qing Dynasty, or around 5th Century BC to early 20th Century, these bronze mirrors were carefully chosen by Wuhan Museum and are divided into six display groups according to their age.
The bronze mirrors on view are of different shapes and sizes and many have beautiful decorative patterns on the back. Covering a variety of objects such as plants, animals, people and myths, most patterns of the bronze mirrors bear auspicious meanings. Some of the bronze mirrors also carry inscriptions expressing wishes like good harvest and good luck.
Before the replacement of the glass mirror introduced to China at the end of the Qing Dynasty, bronze mirrors had played an important part in people's daily life for thousands of years. With the beautiful patterns and unique designs, bronze mirrors also stand out as an exquisite art craft and serve as a clue to Chinese history and culture for scholars and common people alike.
When: April 18–July 2, 2012
Where: Guangzhou Municipal Museum （广州博物馆）
Address: Zhenhai Lou, Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou (广州市越秀公园镇海楼)
Admission: RMB 10
(By Pan Hui, Richard Glauert)