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Title: An Investigation of Early Chinese Bronze Mirrors at the Harvard University Art Museums
Authors: Costello, Susan
Keywords: furniture conservation
Chinese bronze mirrors
Winthrop Collection
composition analysis
manufacturing technology
condition analysis
restoration analysis
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: ANAGPIC
Citation: Costellom, Susan. 2005. "An Investigation of Early Chinese Bronze Mirrors at the Harvard University Art Museums." ANAGPIC.
Abstract: Mirrors have been used in China since ancient times for both practical and spiritual purposes. Thousands of examples of these early bronze mirrors have been excavated and can be found in collections worldwide. This study focuses on the Winthrop Collection of Chinese bronze mirrors, which were donated to the Harvard University Art Museums in 1943. The collection consists of forty-four mirrors dating from the Zhou Dynasty's Spring and Autumn period (771-476 B.C.) to the Tang Dynasty (618-906). There has been little previous scientific examination of these objects, and this paper presents the initial results of a survey to determine their composition, manufacturing technology, condition and the extent of previous restorations. The primary scientific methods employed include detailed examination with binocular microscopy and ultra-violet light, x-ray fluorescence (XRF), x-radiography, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron miscroscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2081/3231
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