Large Antique Bronze Buffalo Bell Burma EBB42

From the late 1800s, this buffalo or cow bell is the largest of its kind we have seen to date. It is from Mandalay, Burma and is known in Burmese as hka-lauk. Cast in bronze, it is decorated with a different traditional scrolling design on each side. It possesses a dark patina and retains its original clapper. The bell is hung from a custom built stand.

In Burma, the tradition of blacksmithing has always been an honored 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 (bell only)
Width: 13cm, 5 in (bell only)
Weight: 598g (without stand)
Height on stand: 19cm, 7.5 in
Width of stand: 16cm, 6.3 in
Material: bronze
Period: Late 19th century

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