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Asian Art

Mirror with a Cosmological Design

1st century B.C.E.–1st century C.E.

Bronze

9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Gift of Schuyler V.R. Cammann, B.A. 1935
1969.55.1
The design on this mirror, which shows a square world aligned with the four cardinal directions, represents a diagram of the cosmos as it was understood in early China. The T-, L-, and V-shaped motifs may derive from the patterns found on the board used to play the popular Han-dynasty game liubo.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Western Han (206 B.C.E.–8 c.e.) or Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 c
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Provenance: 

Schuyler Van Rensselaer Cammann, Portland, OR; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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