Foliate Mirror with Inscription "Hwang Bi Chang Cheon" (Primary Title)
「煌丕昌天」航海圖銅鏡 高麗時代 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

12th-13th century
Overall: 6 3/16 in. (15.72 cm)
The design on the back of this octagonal mirror shows people in a boat sailing against the roaring waves with a dragon emerging from the sea. Such designs have Chinese origin and can be traced back to the early 12th century of the Northern Song dynasty. Cast above the mast of the vessel is a four-character phrase, which means "heavenly blessings bring prosperity to the world."
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
煌丕昌天 hwang bi chang cheon
Gift of Kang Collection Korean Art
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