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Bronze Burmese Pagoda Bell

Bronze Burmese Pagoda Bell


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 850952

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This late 19th century bronze bell is cast in same design as the huge bells that are prominent features outside Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout Burma. It hangs from a metal crossbar that also supports a U-shaped handle flanked with “to-naya” (snake-like dragons) that match those on the bell hanger. Unlike the huge bells that weigh a ton or more and are struck on the outside with a large wooden mallet, this bell has a clapper that, despite its smaller size, produces a rich and sonorous low tone. Important elements in Buddhist rites in Burma, bells generally are donated to temples, bringing merit not only to the donor but to all who hear them. This one probably was hung with others of similar size or in a set of graduated sizes. The outside of the bell is in good condition; the hanger shows some pitting and wear, as does the inside surface of the bell. Dimensions: height 8” (20 cm). diameter 4” (10 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM