Mirror with Auspicious Animals Surrounded by Rings of Squares and Semicircles

Mirror with Auspicious Animals Surrounded by Rings of Squares and Semicircles

半圓方枚環繞式瑞獸鏡

late 2nd century

Bronze

Diameter: 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.); Overall: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.); Rim: 0.4 cm (3/16 in.)

Gift of Drs. Thomas and Martha Carter in Honor of Sherman E. Lee 1995.324

Description

Inscription: I made this bright mirror By refining the three metals. BoYa is making music; The multitude of gods display their forms. [The mirror] is suitable for a man with great wealth and good fortune. He [who has it] will add years to life. His descendants will also prosper. Even this master will enjoy longevity.

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