Mirror with Four Nipples and Eight Animals

Mirror with Four Nipples and Eight Animals

四乳八獸鏡

AD 300

Bronze

Diameter: 19.6 cm (7 11/16 in.); Overall: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.); Rim: 1 cm (3/8 in.)

Gift of Drs. Thomas and Martha Carter in Honor of Sherman E. Lee 1995.334

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Inscription: On the day of wu, the first month, the first year of Yongkang, I made the bright mirror at the first of dawn by refining the yellow and the white [metals]. Great fortune and wealth will come as a result. May you live a long life. Up above are the King Father [of the East] and the Queen Mother of the West.

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