Object photography

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Object description

  • Japanese artist
  • Mirror with bells, 5th-6th century
  • Bronze
  • Japan
  • Gift of Edward Sylvester Morse, 1898
  • E4102


This is a Japanese bronze mirror with five bells. The bells are a Japanese addition to mirrors originally copied from Chinese imported prototypes, and it is thought that the bells were added in order to produce sounds when carried by shamanesses in ritual dances.

Exhibition History

  • Japanese Art Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum; January 06, 2003 through Present
  • Japan Day by Day: An Exhibition in Honor of Edward Sylvester Morse, Peabody Museum of Salem; November 23, 1977 through April 15, 1978