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Bronze Mirror with People Playing Football of Southern Song Dynasty
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Why this is a
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It was written in historical records of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 24 A.D.) that ‘Cuju’ is said to be invented by Huangdi (a legendary emperor in Chinese history)”. “Cuju” is the precursor of modern football. A book entitled Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital has recorded that once Emperor Huizong (November 2, 1082 – June 4, 1135) of the Song Dynasty had led many civil and military officials to watch a match of “Cuju”. The design on this mirror displays the enormous popularity of “Cuju”, favored both by men and women during the Southern Song Dynasty (1271 A.D – 1368 A.D.). Up to now, this is the earliest picture depicting the scene of a football match ever discovered.

History of the Object
On the back of this bronze mirror is an ornamental relief, depicting a scene of youth playing football with vitality and vivacity. Mr. Blatter, President of the Technical Committee of FIFA, once said that “football originated in China”. His claim was not groundless.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Diameter: 11cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province,China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
12th Century- 13th Century; Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279A.D.) 
Function
A tool for making up and it can reflect images 
Acquisition
Collected by the Hunan Provincial Museum 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 

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