Octafoil Mirror with Two Immortals Crossing the Ocean


mid-900s–late 1200s
Diameter: 17.6 cm (6 15/16 in.); Overall: 1 cm (3/8 in.); Rim: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)
Weight: 606 g (1.34 lbs.)
Location: not on view
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This mirror in the shape of a flower represents two immortals crossing the ocean, surrounded by surging waves. The younger figure on the left wears two buns on his head; the elder one with a long beard is carrying a musical instrument, sheng. The scene may illustrate “The Eight Immortals Crossing the Ocean,” in which their supernatural power to walk on water is depicted. The two men here stand on their swords to travel on water. In Daoist and Buddhist thinking, swords are considered powerful, magical implements to exorcise demons and destroy evil spirits.
Octafoil Mirror with Two Immortals Crossing the Ocean

Octafoil Mirror with Two Immortals Crossing the Ocean

mid-900s–late 1200s

China, Song dynasty (960-1279)

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