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Asian Art

Mirror with the Queen Mother of the West ( Xiwangmu) and the King Father of the East (Dongwanggong)

2nd–3rd century CE

Bronze

6 in. (15.2 cm)
Gift of Schuyler V.R. Cammann, B.A. 1935
1969.55.4
The popularity of the Queen Mother of the West, who inhabited an immortal realm located somewhere in the mysterious west and dispensed blessings such as longevity and prosperity, can be traced back to the second century B.C.E. Both she and her consort, the King Father of the East, were depicted often—and in all media—during the Han dynasty.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 C.E.)
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Provenance: 

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

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