Exceptional Antique Bronze Buffalo Bell Burma EBB20

This outstanding antique bronze buffalo bell dates back to late 19th century Mandalay, and in Burma is known as hka-lauk. Cast in bronze, it is decorated with a flowering vine design on both sides. The design of this bell is particularly impressive with well executed detail. The patina is quite dark, and mottled with silvery patches and a green hue resulting from oxidization. The distinct clapper is probably original and complements the bell well. The bell is hung from a custom built stand.

In Burma, the tradition of blacksmithing has always been an honoured occupation associated with courage, strength and integrity. The Burmese excelled at bronze casting using the lost wax method or cire perdue and their handsome decorated bronze bells have long attracted the interest of visitors to Burma and collectors of Southeast Asian antiques.

Height: 9cm, 3.5 in
Width: 10cm, 4 in
Weight: 700g (without stand)
Height of stand: 20cm, 8 in
Base: 14cm, 5.5 in x 8cm, 3 in x 2cm, 1 in
Material: Bronze
Period: late 19th century

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