A small object found by a boy in a park in the western Japanese city of Kobe has turned out to be a fragment of an ancient bronze mirror that is designated as a national cultural asset.
The city authorities sent the boy a letter of appreciation for preserving the fragment.Sixth-grader Shogo Sano found a blue-green fragment measuring about 5 by 3 centimeters in a park near his home in January of 2009. The park contains a late-third-century burial mound.
He cherished the object and kept it in a desk drawer. But in May, he noticed that it looked a lot like an ancient mirror he learned about in a history class, and he took it to school.
Experts identified the object as a fragment of a bronze mirror, part of which was found in the burial mound in 1986, and later designated as a national cultural asset.
Shogo donated his treasure to the city.
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