Mirror with Four Running Animals

Mirror with Four Running Animals


early 600s


Diameter: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.); Overall: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.); Rim: 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)

Weight: 156 g (5.5 oz.)

Gift of Drs. Thomas and Martha Carter in Honor of Sherman E. Lee 1995.338



Inscription: I received a gift: the mirror of the King of Qin. For this, I would have paid willingly a thousand taels of silver. In no way would I use it to unveil your hidden desires. Verily, I only wish to lay bare my own heart.

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