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Handled Mirror with Chinese Character for "Double-happiness"

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Period: late Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: glass, translucent enamel, coral, stained ivory, and gilt copper
Date: undated
Dimensions: length: 27.9 cm, width: 12.5 cm

The glass mirror is inlaid on the round head. On the mirror back, a gilt Chinese character for "double-happiness"(shuangxi) is inlaid in the center. It is surrounded by a design of eight Buddhist symbols against a background pattern of Buddhist sriratsa. The head and handle are connected by a piece of ivory stained peacock green and a coral bead carved in the shape of a melon. The handle end is inlaid with a gilt copper ring and is embellished with yellow tassels.   
  This type of handled mirror was popular for its portability and almost every imperial concubine owned one. The Empress Dowager Cixi often used a mirror like this to examine her face and arrange her hair. 
  This mirror was tribute gift from south China's Guangdong province. Craftsmen employed several techniques to enhance the beauty of different media. Elegantly designed, it well represents the high craftsmanship practiced in Guangdong province in the late Qing dynasty.

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