Japanese round-form bronze kagami (mirror) decorated in relief with a motif of cranes among pines. The perforated knob in the center, which is designed to hold a tassel, is in the form of a tortoise. 19th century or earlier. 4 3/4" diameter. Excellent condition. For centuries, mirrors were customarily given to temples and shrines as offerings to deities. According to Merrily Baird in "Symbols of Japan: Thematic Motifs in Art and Design,” the Chinese style round mirrors remained in use, particularly among men, through the Edo period and were replaced thereafter by mirrors with long rectangular handles (pgs. 264-265).