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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 dynasty (206 B.C.E.–9 C.E.)
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Provenance: 

Schuyler Van Rensselaer Cammann (1912–1991), Portland, OR; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1969

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.