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An antique Japanese mirror or kagami made from cast bronze.

This round hand mirror with a rattan wrapped handle has a low relief decoration to the back with a pine tree, cranes and a turtle in a riverside lanscape. The front of the mirrror would once have been a highly a polished reflective surface.

These pieces were popular wedding gifts and the decoration is symbolic of eternity and harmony.A pair of cranes symbolises a long life together, while the turtle represents longevity. Pine trees are a common symbol of happiness in Japan, and here, the two large charcters 高砂 or Takasago, are the title of a Noh play and make reference to the fact that Japanese pines have one root and therefore symbolise unity.

Along the left side is a signature: 天下一 岩井丹波守正保 which gives the maker's name as Iwai Tambanokami Masayasu and states that he is master craftsman from the Osaka area and was born in the late Edo period. Based on this, I would date this piece to the late 19th century or Meiji period.

The mirror is in good condition, with a nice aged patina which I haven't attempted to polish. I am unsure if it possible to polish it back to its original state. There are a few pits and scratches and part of the rattan is missing from the handle.

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Vintage Japanese Hand Mirror Bronze Kagami


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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Occasion: Wedding
  • Primary color: Bronze
  • Materials: Antique Japanese hand mirror, Cast bronze, Rattan wrapped handle, Traditional wedding theme, Japanese crane and pine motif, Iwai Tambanokami design
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 271 reviews
  • Favorited by: 79 people

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