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Mirrors (ekagami)

Description:

 

Makers of ekagami (a mirror with a handle) had a high status because a mirror is one of The Imperial Regalia of Japan and represents wisdom.  The Imperial Regalia, also called the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, consists of a mirror, a sword and a jewel that are used at the Emperor's enthronement ceremony.

 

This highly polished bronze ekagami is by the Edo period (1600-1868) craftsman Fujiwara Yoshitaka.  Can you see your reflection in it?  On the back of the mirror are pine trees, which are a symbol of longevity and associated with the New Year, and bamboo, which represents strength.  The two large kanji characters read wakamatsu (young pine).

 

Place of Production:
Japan
Materials/Media:
bronze
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1957.38.22