Mirror Decorated with Figures of Xi Wang Mu and Dong Wang Gong

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 December 2018
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This bronze mirror is decorated with figures of Xi Wang Mu, the Queen Mother of the West, and her consort, Dong Wang Gong, as well as animals of the four directions and other creatures. Inscribed around the edge is a poem proclaiming prosperity and wellbeing with hopes for eternal brightness and everlasting spring. Such images are metaphors for immortality. Six Dynasties period, 5th to 6th century CE. From modern-day China. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2018, December 12). Mirror Decorated with Figures of Xi Wang Mu and Dong Wang Gong. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9506/mirror-decorated-with-figures-of-xi-wang-mu-and-do/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Mirror Decorated with Figures of Xi Wang Mu and Dong Wang Gong." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 12, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9506/mirror-decorated-with-figures-of-xi-wang-mu-and-do/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Mirror Decorated with Figures of Xi Wang Mu and Dong Wang Gong." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 Dec 2018. Web. 20 Oct 2021.