TLV Mirror with Four Spirits and Companions


9–100 CE
(202 BCE–220 CE)
Diameter: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.); Overall: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.); Rim: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)
Weight: 1.099 kg (2.42 lbs.)
Location: not on view
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The back of this mirror shows a diagram of the universe. The concentric rings and swirling cloud band border represent heaven, while the square field around the knob designates the earth. The four directional spirits in the form of animals occupy the space between heaven and earth and are cast in fine lines between the band of swirling clouds and outside the square: the tiger guarding the west, the dragon protecting the east, the red bird representing the south, and the snake-entwined turtle guarding the north.
TLV Mirror with Four Spirits and Companions

TLV Mirror with Four Spirits and Companions

9–100 CE

China, Han dynasty (202 BCE–220 CE)

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