Antique Bronze Elephant Bell Burma EBB69

Beautifully decorated, this bronze elephant bell is from Burma where it is referred to as chu. These distinct spherical bells cast in bronze were mostly worn by elephants to help locate them after being set free to forage in the jungle. The bell is incised with traditional floral motifs as well as the maker’s name in Burmese characters. The bronze has a slightly oxidized patina but is in excellent condition.

Authentic antique elephant bells from Burma are becoming very difficult to locate nowadays. A metal ball rolls around inside the bell and sounds against the bell wall with pleasant gentle notes. The bell is hung from a custom built stand.

Height:  9.5cm, 3.7 in
Diameter:  8cm, 3.2in
Weight: 318g (without stand)
Height of stand: 30cm, 11.8 in
Material: bronze
Period: Early 19th century

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