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Beyond the Surface: Bronze Mirrors from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection

Two-day symposium hosted by the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

Sunday, November 22, 2009
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
314 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Lloyd Cotsen’s mirror collection is comprised of 97 mirrors, all but five of which were made in China. The earliest mirror dates to the Qijia culture (ca. 2100–1700 BCE). The latest Chinese mirror dates to the Jin dynasty (1115–1234 CE) though there are mirrors in the collection that were manufactured outside China that have a later date. Each mirror in the collection is of cast bronze—some with elaborate designs and others that have been inlaid, lacquered, or painted. The mirrors in the Cotsen Collection exemplify the mastery of bronze casting and surface decoration achieved by the artists of early China.

Further information and conference schedule are available at the Cotsen Institute website.

For questions, please contact the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at (310) 794-4837 or email



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