Vietnam, Dong Son, ca. 100 BCE to 100 CE. This is a group of two cast-molded bronze bells. Both have beautiful blue-green patinas and straight mouths; the latter is a hallmark of the Dong Son style. Both also have delicate, circular handles. The Dong Son (or Dongson, or Ðông Son) culture thrived in northern Vietnam and its burials, rich in bronze goods, demonstrate a high level of wealth relative to neighboring areas. Many of the objects that we know about came from burials. Bells like this came in all sizes, up to almost two feet tall, and similar pieces are held in the Vietnam Museum of History and the British Museum. Size: these are similar in size; the larger of the two is 4-1/2" x 2" x 2".
Condition: Smaller of the two has a tiny hole near the handle.
Provenance: Ex-private southern California collection, acquired before 2000.
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