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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009