Antique Bronze Elephant Bell Yunnan EBB55

$495.00

From Yunnan, Southern China, this spherical antique elephant bell is a rare find, much coveted by collectors. Elephants have been an integral part of life for the indigenous peoples of Southern China for thousands of years and there is still a small population of elephants in Yunnan today. This well worn bell would have hung from the neck of a young elephant and bears the face of a protective spirit thought to ward off misfortune.

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The bronze has an oxidized patina and is there is a small hole on one side and hairline cracks at the mouth of the bell. The loop to which the rope was attached has worn smooth. 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.

Characteristics
Height: 8cm, 3 in
Circumference: 21cm, 8.3 in
Weight: 234g (without stand)
Height of stand: 25cm, 10 in
Material: bronze
Period: Late 18th-early 19thC

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