Bronze mirrors first appeared in ancient times as ritual vessels used for sacrifice in Shang Dynasty. In Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period to Qin Dynasty, they were generally enjoyed by kings and nobles. By the end of Western Han Dynasty, bronze mirrors were slowly moving towards the folk, and they were indispensable living utensils for people.
A bronze mirror is a mirror made of copper in ancient times. Bronze mirror, also known as bronze mirror. Mr. Zhou xinguo, member of Chinese collectors association, "treasure of wuling collection" records: in ancient times, people faced with water, after the invention of copper vessels, the bronze basin with water conformation. "Shang shu", "mandarin", "zhuangzi" and other pre-qin works, mentioned the ancients "in view of the water. "Shuo wen · jin bu" interprets "jian" as "basin", so it can be said that the basin (jian) holding water is the earliest mirror. With the advent of alloy technology, the history of making copper mirrors using copper and tin or silver lead began. Bronze mirror is generally made into a round or square, its back cast inscription decorative design, and with button to wear, the front is polished with lead tin, can be clear.
In the qing dynasty, he had frequent exchanges with other nationalities and other countries. At that time, people use the daily necessities also began to add a lot of blessings and hope elements, such as the above picture: early birth of your son four character bronze mirror, there is the meaning of folk auspicious words. It's worth it.
The ancient casting mirror technology fully demonstrated the craftsman's spirit. In the long-term production, the continuous accumulation of experience in casting bronze mirror, so that the skill reached a skilled level. With their wisdom and creative ability, they created many exquisite bronze mirrors, so that today's people in the appreciation and study of these superb works of art, not for the ancient splendid bronze mirror culture and admiration.
This bronze mirror of the Eight Diagrams of the 12 Zodiac in Qing Dynasty is a round button, with a mysterious pattern around it. The inside is decorated with the 12 Zodiac, the outside is decorated with the Eight Diagrams, the periphery is decorated with Taoist patterns, and the surface of the mirror is covered with black and green rust. Rust color is based on reality, with obvious traces handed down from generation to generation. After expert appraisal, this mirror is a mid-Qing Dynasty product. It has collection value and display value, and is worth collecting. Its economic value rating is Grade I, and it is genuine. The patina is naturally bright, and at first glance, it is an handed down product immersed in years.