Star and Cloud Mirror
Study of the cosmos was popular in early China, especially during the Western Han dynasty, and artisans used many symbols to represent the universe, as seen on the back of this bronze mirror. The raised designs on the outer rim represent mountain ranges that reach to the sky. The central field contains rising and setting stars and planets, while the central knob represents the polar star. In ancient Chinese texts, raised circular star motifs are given various names, including "Star-and-Cloud" (Xing yun), "Strung Pearls" (Lian zhu), or "Hundred Nipples" (Bai ru).
- Medium: Bronze
- Place Made: China
- Dates: 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.
- Dynasty: Western Han Dynasty
- Dimensions: 7/8 x 6 1/16 in. (2.2 x 15.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Asian Galleries, The Arts of China, 2nd Floor
- Accession Number: 1992.82
- Credit Line: Gift of the Asian Art Council
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Star and Cloud Mirror, 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E. Bronze, 7/8 x 6 1/16 in. (2.2 x 15.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council, 1992.82. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (68%)