Mirror with Deities and Animals Surrounded by Rings of Squares and Semicircles

Mirror with Deities and Animals Surrounded by Rings of Squares and Semicircles

半圓方枚環繞式神獸鏡

late 2nd century

Bronze

Diameter: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.); Overall: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.); Rim: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Gift of Drs. Thomas and Martha Carter in Honor of Sherman E. Lee 1995.333

Description

Inscription: I made this bright mirror, By refining three metals. It is fitting for immortals, distant from the worldlings, And for those who are in command of virtues and the Way. Here too we will find respect for the wise and the able. They can be engraved in infinite ways. Here is BoYa playing the music. A multitude of fortunes underscore the yang force. The mirror shines brightly on the world. May you live long as the metal and stone. May you reach the height of dukedom. Even this master be given to live a long life.

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