A strictly museum quality bronze Temple Bell, indonesia, Java, Early Majapahit, late 13th. century AD.
The extremely elaborate Bell, topped by a simhavyala (lion-faced guardian) of fierce disposition.
Size: ca. 25 cm. tall and weighing approx 2 kilogram.
Condition: Museum quality with exceptional aqua-coloured patina. Still with the gong inside present.
Compare another eastern Javanese temple bell in the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum. 1987.142.172a,b.
Also compare; P. Lunsingh Scheurleer and M. J. Klokke, "Divine Bronze. Ancient Indonesian Bronzes from AD 600 to 1600", fig 72 and 73, p. 124-125.
See Christies Amsterdam|10 December 2002 auction lot 173 for a similar style Bell (our Bell more elaborate), selling at €7768.
Ex. Swedish Private Collection