Sep 26, 2012
Sep 26, 2012

Mirror with Four T's

Mirror with Four T's


300s BC


Diameter: 10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.); Rim: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Weight: 124.5 g (4.39 oz.)

Gift of Drs. Thomas and Martha Carter in Honor of Sherman E. Lee 1995.281

Did you know?

The prominent T's on this mirror represent four gates in Chinese mythology that relate to transformation.


The symbolic significance of the ancient Chinese mirror lies in its circular form and reflective quality that make it resemble the sun and the moon. "By the light of the sun, the world is made bright," so said a mirrorsmith. When the mirror was taken with its owner for use in the afterlife, it reflected the soul and brought eternal brightness to the next world.

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