BRONZE MIRRORS - Across the world, many cultures, included the bronze age and iron age peoples of Europe, have used sacred mirrors, made of metal or sometimes polished stone. In Central Asia mirrors have a long association with shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

in Shamanism they are used to bless objects and people, used for healing and dreaming, and also serve as houses for spirits and as protective armour for the shaman. They are seen as connecting with the very centre of everything - from where all things manifest.

Mirrors can be washed in vodka as a gift to their spirit, and also as a way to clean them - using vodka like this is a bit like smudging them in smoke (which can also be done). Old mirrors can be cleaned and polished if you wish (this is a personal taste thing - personally I like to see their age). Electric toothbrushes and hot water are excellent for cleaning away dirt and lose surface corrosion as they are not powerful enough to damage the mirror but powerful enough to remove lose material. After that you could use a metal polish if you wish, but that is totally a matter of personal taste. For more information about mirrors you may wish to read this article.

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ANCIENT CHINESE OR CENTRAL ASIAN BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 01)

Price: £225 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Western China, Inner Mongolia or Central Asia
Age: 400 -1000 years approx
Diameter: 63mm approx

A rather unusual ancient mirror, with what looks to be a stylised floral design on the back.

It is not typical of Chinese or Mongolian mirrors, and i suspect its origin are in Central Asia. It is very loverly object, smalle nough to be worn around the neck as an amulet or could be used as a shamanic mirror.


VERY FINE MING OR EARLY QING DYNASTY BRONZE SHAMAN'S MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 02)

Price: £265 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Western China or Inner Mongolia
Age: 300-500 years approx
Diameter: 79mm approx

An ancient bronze mirror in loverly condistion with an attractive patina, depicting what might be two fish or even possibly a very stylised horse on the back. A loverly example of an old mirror, which much of it's original reflective surface intact.


EARLY QING DYNASTY BRONZE FOUR HAPPINESS SHAMAN'S MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 03)


Price: £115 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 200-400 years approx
Diameter: 75mm approx

A fairly small example of a traditional Four Happiness mirror. The mirror is in gnerally good condition, but does have a few very small pin holes in one area about 4mm inside of the rim. These are pin holes are old, casued by corrosion over time, and the mirror is stable and perfectly useable.


VERY FINE QING DYNASTY BRONZE SHAMAN'S MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 04)


Price: £495 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 200-400 years approx
Diameter: 152mm approx

A very fine, plain bronze shaman's mirror from Mongolia. The mirror is in loverly condition with a fine patina and comes with a red cord onwhich are suspended iron beads. An extreamly nice mirror, ideal for shamanic practice.


ANCIENT TANG OR SONG DYNASTY MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 05)


Price: £185 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 800-1200 years approx
Diameter: 96mm approx

A fine, plain bronze shaman's mirror. The mirror is in good condition with a nice patina. Ideal for use as a mirror for shamanic practice.


ANCIENT TANG OR SONG DYNASTY MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 06)

Price: £295 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China
Age: 800-1200 years approx
Diameter: 89mm approx

A well made, simply decorated, original ancient mirror. It is well cast, and shows good signs of its original reflective surface.

A very nice mirror with a long history, suitable for shamanic practice.


ANCIENT TANG OR SONG DYNASTY MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 07)

Price: £260 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China
Age: 800-1200 years approx
Diameter: 99mm approx

A well made, simply decorated, original ancient mirror. It is well cast, and shows good signs of its original reflective surface.

A very nice mirror with a long history, suitable for shamanic practice.


ANCIENT TANG OR SONG DYNASTY MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 08)

Price: £260 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China
Age: 800-1200 years approx
Diameter: 92mm approx

A well made, simply decorated, original ancient mirror. It is well cast, and shows good signs of its original reflective surface.

A very nice mirror with a long history, suitable for shamanic practice.


QING DYNASTY FOUR HAPPINESS BRONZE RITUAL MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 09)


Price: £190 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 150-300 years approx
Diameter: 180mm approx

A large, old 'Four Happiness' mirror with eight trigram design. The mirror is quite light despite it's size and is good condition, with much of it's reflective face intact under the dirt.

This mirror was originally made as for ritual use, and it is suitable for being worn on the chest, or placed on an altar as a dedicated altar mirror.


VERY LARGE QING DYNASTY FOUR HAPPINESS BRONZE RITUAL MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 10)


Price: £190 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 100-200 years approx
Diameter: 250mm approx

An unusually large, old 'Four Happiness' mirror with central trigrams. The mirror is in generally good condition.

This large mirror was originally made as for ritual use, and it is suitable for being worn on the chest, or placed on an altar as a dedicated altar mirror.


QING DYNASTY FOUR HAPPINESS BRONZE RITUAL MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 11)


Price: £165 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 150-300 years approx
Diameter: 184mm approx

A very large, old 'Four Happiness' mirror. The mirror is in generally good condition, but it has a small hole hear the centre. The origin of this hole is unknown, whehter it was an original casting mistake or is a result of ancient damge. The mirror is old - no doubnt with a good tale or two to tell - and the hole causes no structural problems at all.

It is suitable for being worn on the chest, or placed on an altar as a dedicated altar mirror.


QING DYNASTY SHAMAN'S FOUR HAPPINESS MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 12)

Price: £385 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 150-350 years approx
Diameter: 162mm approx

An very fine example of a larger than average Qing dynasty shaman's 'Four Happiness' mirror. A very nice example, perfect for shamanism.


MING DYNASTY SHAMAN'S FOUR HAPPINESS MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 13)


Price: £195 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 450-600 years approx
Diameter: 115mm approx

A very nice example of an old, classic 'Four Happiness' shaman's mirror, the sort seen on many old shaman's costumes. It has a loverly patina, but the mirror has suffered small damage in the distant past, as there is a small, stable crack running from the edge, inwards, about 15mm towqrds the centre. This will not get any worse and the mirror is stable and very useable.


QING DYNASTY BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 14)


Price: £195 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 100-200 years approx
Diameter: 229mm approx

A very large, old 'Four Happiness' mirror. The mirror is in generally good condition, but it has two small, very old cracks in its rim. These cracks are not very large, and have been there a long time. They do not effect the mirrors use, or its structral strength, and they are not likely to get any larger over time.

This large mirror was originally made as for ritual use, and it is suitable for being worn on the chest, or placed on an altar as a dedicated altar mirror.


QING DYNASTY BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 15)


Price: £195 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 100-200 years approx
Diameter: 220mm approx

A very large, old 'Four Happiness' mirror. The mirror is in generally good condition, but it has a small, very old crack in its rim. This crack is not very large. It do not effect the mirrors use, or its structral strength, and they are not likely to get any larger over time. There is also a small dent in the mirror, pushing the front out slightly in a small area. Both the crack and the dent are old damge.

This large mirror was originally made as for ritual use, and it is suitable for being worn on the chest, or placed on an altar as a dedicated altar mirror.


EARLY QING DYNASTY SHAMAN'S MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 16)

Price: £355 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 200-300 years approx
Diameter: 112mm approx

An absolute classic example of a Siberian shaman's 'Four Happiness' mirror.


MING DYNASTY SHAMAN'S MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 17)

Price: £355 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Mongolia
Age: 450-600 years approx
Diameter: 114mm approx

An old example of a Ming dynasty Siberian shaman's 'Four Happiness' mirror. The mirror was cleaned many, many years ago, so it has less patina than would normally be found on such an old mirror. It is a very nice example.


FOUR TIGERS BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 18)

Price: £85 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Western China or Inner Mongolia
Age: Unknown, but not likely to have any great age
Diameter: 88mm approx

A charming mirror decorated with four tigers, creating a four directions motif. An ideal mirror for shamanic practice.


BRONZE MIRROR WITH TAOIST SYMBOLS (Item No. Mirror 19)

Price: £60 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Inner Mongolia
Age: Unknown, but not likely to have any great age
Diameter: 112mm approx

A mirror decorated with the Bagua or pa Kau, the eight trigrams of Taoist cosmology. Such mirrors are used in taoist rituals and also by shamans in Northern China and Manchuria.

It has surface corrosion on it, but this could be fairly easily cleaned off and the mirror polished if desired.


FOUR TIGERS BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 20)

Price: £75 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Inner Mongolia
Age: 10-20 years
Diameter: 150 mm approx

A mirror decorated with the Bagua or pa Kau, the eight trigrams of Taoist cosmology. Such mirrors are used in taoist rituals and also by shamans in Northern China and Manchuria. The mirror has a good, polished reflective surface


WESTERN CHINESE FOUR FISH BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 21)


Price: £85 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Western China or Inner Mongolia
Age: Unknown, but not likely to have any great age
Diameter: 69mm approx

A rather unusual mirror which has been cast in a village or small foundary and therefore has a rather attractive rustic charm. it is decorated with four fishes and is in an ancient style dating back around 1500-2000 years, but there is no evidence that it is ancient and is likely to have been made in the last 100 years. It is a nice size and in good condition, making it an ideal mirror for shamanic practice.


QING DYNASTY MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 22)

Price: £125 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Inner Mongolia
Age: 100-200 years approx
Diameter: 89mm approx

A well made, decorated, original ancient mirror with zoomorphic decoration on the back. The mirror is in good condition.

A very nice mirror with a long history, suitable for shamanic practice.


SMALL MONGOLIAN SHAMAN'S FOUR HAPPINESS MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 23)

Price: £35 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Inner Mongolia or China
Age: unknown - probably with little age
Diameter: 44mm approx

This simple mirror is made of brass and has Manchu letters on the back in a style generally called a 'Four Happiness Mirror.'

The mirror is in good condition.


SMALL BRONZE TIGER MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 24)

Price: £35 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Inner Mongolia or China
Age: unknown - probably with little age
Diameter: 46mm approx

Small mirror with a tiger on the back. There is a small suspension hole, through which someone has threaded thin wire to make a larger suspension ring.'

The mirror is in good condition.


BRONZE MIRROR IN AN ANCIENT STYLE (Item No. Mirror 25)

Price: £38 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Inner Mongolia or China
Age: unknown - probably with little age
Diameter: 64mm approx

This is a recently made casting in the style of a very ancient 2,000 year old style of mirror. China has a tradition of creating ancient designs such as these. It is a very nicely sized mirror, ideal for wearing arounf the neck as a shamanic mirror.

The mirror is in good condition.


RECENTLY MADE JAPANESE BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Mirror 26)


Price: £35 (including postage in the UK) (rest of the world plus £10 postage due to weight)

Origin: Japan
Age: 30-40 years approx
Diameter: 70mm approx

A very unusual bronze mirror. Cast very well, with crisp detail, and with a considerable weight for its quite small size, the mirror came as part of a job lot of old mirrors. Ppon inspection, the trade name 'Sharp' - of the Sharp Corporation - was seen in tiny letters on the face of the mirror. I presume the mirror was made by, or for, the Sharp Corporation for some reason. Google has drawn a blank.

The design on the back is a typical Japanese motif of crains and chrysanthemum flowers. With the right tools and some patience the sharp name - which is only embossed a fraction of a millimetre - could be removed. Or perhaps it's very rare and worth a lot of money.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST BRONZE MIRROR (Item No. Melong 01)

Price: £85 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 50 Years approx
Diameter: 76mm approx

A well made, old bronze Tibetan Buddhist mirror (melong). This is a very nice melong for use in Tibetan shamanism or Buddhism. It can be suspended on a cord and worn around the neck.


SMALL TIBETAN BUDDHIST IRON MIRROR AMULET (Item No. Melong 02)

Price: £29 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 5-10 Years
Diameter: 45mm approx

A fairly recently made, small Iron Tibetan Buddhist mirror (melong). Iron melongs and mirrors are very rare, and are considered to be very protective, as iron is said to be a 'wrathful' material with a strong power.

Small melong like this are worn around the neck as a form of protection. Ideal as an amulet. I have several in stock all around the same size. It is very unusual to be able to obtain iron melong like this, and once they I will be unlikely to be able to obtain any more.


SMALL TIBETAN BUDDHIST MIRROR AMULET (Item No. Melong 03)

Price: £15 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: New
Diameter: 45mm approx

A newly made, small brass Tibetan Buddhist mirror (melong). Small melong like this are worn around the neck as a form of protection. Ideal as an amulet.