Image: Chinese Bronze Mirror E69969 A

Chinese Bronze Mirror E69969 A

Mirrors like this were used in worshipping the Buddha in temples during the reign of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China.

Stan Florek
© Australian Museum


On the back of this mirror is an inscription of six Chinese characters – ‘Nan Wu E Mi Tuo Fo,’ which translate to Sanskrit formula ‘Namo Amitabha Buddha.’ This formula, repeatedly pronounced in prayers, literally means 'Homage to the Amitabha Buddha ' or 'I seek refuge in the Amitabha Buddha,' where Amitabha is a principal celestial Buddha, mostly worshiped in East Asia as ‘Infinite Light.’

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