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《Cultural Relics of Central China》 2018-03
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On the Function of Suspended Mirrors in Burials of the Song and Liao Dynasties: Also on the “Channeling the Soul to Heaven” Image

Zhang Kai;  
During the Song and Liao dynasties, the suspended mirrors were often attached to or embedded in the top of the burial chamber. For a long time, they have been taken as common grave goods, the function of which were not distinguished from others. Based on their decorative pattern, location and image, they should have been employed as the important entrance for the soul to enter heaven. They were the end of the vertical image system, and the boundary between real life and the divine world. Though their style was influenced by sunk panels, they indeed were rooted in motifs reflecting the ancient ideology of channelling the soul into heaven. They mirrored the jade disk and bronze plaque of "Tianmen" of the Han time, which also included the lotus-pattern sunken panels of the Tang time. The analysis of the suspended mirrors can contribute to a profound understanding of the image system in burials of the Song and Liao dynasties.
【Fund】: 国家社会科学基金一般项目“10至13世纪东亚地区罗汉信仰与图像研究”(17BZJ043);; 中央高校基本科研业务费基金(人文社科)重大引导项目(2242017S10023)
【CateGory Index】: K878.8
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