Mirror, round, black and green patina.

Mirror, 1st-2nd century

Unknown artist, expand_more


The John R. Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  52.11.4

Not on Viewexpand_more

The back of this mirror is decorated with "TLV" motifs that relate to Han astrological instruments (shi-pan), as well as to the animals of the four directions: dragon, phoenix, tiger, and tortoise with snake. In addition, there are two inscriptions; the first consists of a standard Han wish to be blessed forever with dutiful sons and grandsons, the second verse reads: The bright reflection of this mirror is a reminder that in heaven the dragon and tiger of the four directions protect and bring happiness to the two parents and ensure that sons and grandsons on earth are prosperous and comfortable. The Heavenly Mother will protect your lordship and keep all misfortunes away.

6 in. (15.24 cm)
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Mirror, round, black and green patina.