Mirror with game board design and animals of the four directions


This ancient bronze mirror features elaborate designs representing immortality and the cosmos.

Mirror with game board design and animals of the four directions, 1st–2nd century C.E. (Han dynasty, China), bronze with black patina, 16.8 cm diameter (The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Speakers: Dr. Cortney Chaffin and Dr. Beth Harris


Additional resources

This mirror at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

K. E. Brashier, “Longevity like Metal and Stone: The Role of the Mirror in Han Burials,” T’oung Pao, volume 81, number 4/5 (1995), pp. 201–29.


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Cite this page as: Dr. Cortney E. Chaffin and Dr. Beth Harris, "Mirror with game board design and animals of the four directions," in Smarthistory, July 13, 2023, accessed October 1, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/mirror-with-game-board-design-and-animals-of-the-four-directions/.