67.47.DUP2 (Incorrect Accession No.)
Asia, Possibly China
Clothing and Adornments; Toilet Articles
Helen B. Chapin '15 Collection
Per inscription on the box, this was excavated in Northern Korea
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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- Refers to the cultures of the continent of Asia, which is in the eastern hemisphere, and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and is generally considered to be delimited on the west by the Ural Mountains. It also refers to the numerous islands off the coast of Asia.
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