Mirror with an Image of the Deity Zaō Gongen

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Mirror with an Image of the Deity Zaō Gongen

metalwork / Heian / Nara

Place excavated:Found on Kinpusen Ridge, Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Cast bronze with hairline engraving

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Depicted on this eight-foiled mirror in hairline engraving is the image of Zao Gongen, the principal object of worship in mountain asceticism in Japan. The back of the mirror features a design of auspicious flowers and paired phoenixes."

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