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Cast iron temple bell, Jiaqing period

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Cast iron temple bell, Jiaqing period
Small temple bell from Shanxi province. Marked Jiaqing 16th year (1811) 9th month. Height 17cm - diameter 15cm. There is no tongue inside nor is it likely it ever had one. Most bells were struck with wood. Good signs of wear at the top of the bell where it hangs. The three holes on top are not damage but part of the design. You find them on almost any iron bell or singing bowl. They must have some function for spreading or enhancing the sound. Condition: good (superficial) oxidation and patina. Un-cleaned as found. There's no crack as the sound is good.

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