Han Dynasty Bronze Mirror Possible Evidence of Christianity in 3rd century China

Cross design with Crosses at medial points. Western Han

I recently came across a western Han Bronze mirror. It has a strong Persian influence and has ancient Chinese calligraphy on the rim. It also has what might be Sogdian inscriptions as well. I have translated a few words that of the Chinese. It refers to a wish for the user to be rich.It has a Christian-like tripartate  saying.  Do not want to say much more until I consult some experts.

This mirror was listed in an auction catalogue in April of 2011. It is poorly described. These are not four animals but Persian Iris’.

A large, superb bronze mirror with four animal masks in high relief, China, probably still Sui Dynasty (581-618) or early Tang dynasty. photo Nagel Auktionen


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Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences.
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