Bronze Mirror with Four Breasts and Four Gods from Changyi Son Sun Ming
Eastern Han Dynasty (25—220 AD)
diameter 14 cm, button height 0.9 cm, edge thickness 0.5 cm
Unearthed from Changbei Economic and Technological Development Zone, Nanchang City in 2008
Photography equipment. Bronze. The round button has a four-leaf pattern button seat. There is a seal script between the leaves. The four characters are read together as "Changyi descendants". The main area is decorated with blue dragon, white tiger, red bird and basalt motifs, and is separated by four persimmon pedicle patterns.
There are many contents in the mirror inscriptions of the Han Dynasty to pray for descendants and grandchildren, which reflects the Han Dynasty's concept of pursuing a full house and many children. The Four Gods pattern is an element with typical characteristics of ancient Chinese culture. It was popular in the Han Dynasty and is one of the typical patterns of the bronze mirror in the Han Dynasty. Representatives of the ancient four gods: geographic location, four substances in the five elements concept, seasons, yin and yang and other cultural meanings. The four gods in the Han Dynasty often represent yin and yang, and are a symbol of avoiding evil and seeking auspiciousness.
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