- Mirror Gallery
The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors spans the earliest phases of mirror manufacture, from the late Shang Dynasty to the Jin Dynasty. These extraordinary mirrors relate to the development of metallurgy and bronze casting, the evolution of traditional designs and symbolism, and the role of this type of object in religion and ritual.
An exhibition of the Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors opened at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California on Saturday, November 12, 2011 and ran through May 14, 2012. The exhibition was funded by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research.
The exhibition coincided with the publication of two volumes: The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors - Volume I: Catalogue and The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors - Volume II: Studies. The first volume includes full-color plates of the mirrors and the second volume features essays by world-renowned experts and scholars.
In May 2012, the mirrors were gifted to the Shanghai Museum in Shanghai, China. They will be on exhibit at the museum November 15, 2012 to January 20, 2013. Representing the Cotsens at the opening ceremony will be Lothar Von Falkenhausen,Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA, Associate Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and editor of the The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors publication. Exhibition information (Mandarin)
Excerpt from the Shanghai Museum’s Chinese Bronze Mirror Exhibition Page
(Translated from Mandarin)
Exhibition of Donated Bronze Mirrors (November 16, 2012 to January 20, 2013)
Opening: November 15, 2012
Location: 4th Floor, Hall No. 3
Mr. and Mrs. Cotsen had a deep impression of the Shanghai Museum during [their] visit [to the museum] a few years ago. Since then, Mr. Cotsen hoped that he would be able to donate his collection of ancient Chinese bronze mirrors to the Shanghai Museum. He believed that the Shanghai Museum is the ideal home for the bronze mirrors, a place which will allow those who wish to understand the art of Chinese ancient bronze mirrors to see these mirrors.
In addition, Mr. Cotsen believes that in taking the initiative to return the bronze mirrors to their motherland, not only is that one of the greatest ways to show his support to China in the effort to protect China’s cultural heritage, but also a way to show recognition of the heritage conservation bilateral agreements between China and the United States.
Mr. Cotsen’s bronze mirrors collection shows his unique taste and style as a collector.