BRONZE MIRROR WITH FLORAL SCROLLS AND PHOENIXES. GORYEO KINGDOM (918-1392). DIAM. 10CM. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CH’ONGJU – TAASA Review September 2011
consciousness at an early date and many Korean folk tales centre on them. Several circular mirrors with flying cranes amidst cloud scrolls have been excavated from 12th century tombs.
With their long, thin necks, straight legs and outspread wings, the rendering of the birds is characteristic of this period, when they also appear repeatedly on ceramics.
Though cranes were also popular as a decorative motif in Japan and China, their pictorial treatment in Goryeo mirrors is considerably different...