MIRROR BALL

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A rare Japanese silvered bronze ball, tokin kenen kagami (鍍金軒轅鏡) literally “plated eave hanging mirror”.  Symbols of rank, these silvered balls where hung from the eaves outside of the offices of court officials and administrative nobility at the imperial palace complex. There the surrounding corridors, which wrap around the outside of the building, could be seen from the interior office in front of which the mirror ball was hung, warning the administrator of approach officials. The balls were also thought to be an evil dispelling mirror, haja no kagami (破邪の鏡), literally “break evil mirror”.  The sphere with a fish tail-shaped finial for suspension.   
Edo Period (1600-1868)   
Approximately 7” diameter excluding suspension ring

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