A bronze mirror with mythical beast decoration. Han Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's

the large central knob within a square surrounded by two dragons, a tiger, and a deer each interspersed with a floret with a raised domed center, encircled by a narrow ridged band and a wide border of zoomorphic scroll, the dark silvery surface with small patches of green encrustation. Diameter 7 3/8 in., 18.7 cm. Estimate 6,000-8,000 USD

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 20 mars 2012