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Bronze Mirror with T, L, and V Patterns

Han
1st century
Bronze

Mirror without box
1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (diameter) (0.64 cm x 13.97 cm)
Gift of Helen Burwell Chapin, Class of 1914, AB 1915

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 82.47.a-c
67.47.DUP2 (Incorrect Accession No.)
Geography:
Asia, Likely China
Classification:
Clothing and Adornments; Toilet Articles
Culture/Nationality: Likely Chinese
Collection: Helen B. Chapin '15 Collection

This bronze mirror is an excellent example of the richly decorated mirrors from Han Dynasty China. It features the TLV pattern, so named because of the repeated shapes on the large inner band that resemble the Latin letters T, L, and V. On the back of the mirror is a Taoist poem, inscribed in a circle, with a center hole for a tassel from which the mirror could be held.

Mirrors with complex designs like this one were status symbols for their owners. Han mirrors were sometimes placed in tombs to accompany deceased nobles in the afterlife.

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