Mirror with Xiwangmu


c. 317–400 CE
Location: not on view
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This mirror depicts Xiwangmu, Queen Mother of the West, and her husband, Dongwanggong, King Father of the East, surrounded by mythical figures and animals. One of the earliest and most powerful goddesses in the Daoist pantheon, Xiwangmu can be identified by her U-shaped crown. Legend says that the two deities meet once a year representing the meeting of yin and yang, the two forces that constitute the universe. This mirror shows a band of 14 squares around the center containing a long inscription.
Mirror with Xiwangmu

Mirror with Xiwangmu

c. 317–400 CE

China, Six Dynasties period (220–589 CE)

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