Antique Bronze Elephant Bell Yunnan EBB67


From Yunnan, Southern China, this distinctive 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 once hung from the neck of an 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 there is a small crack at the mouth on one side of the bell. The loop through which a rope once passed is noticeably worn. 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. Genuine antique bells in this style are rarely seen nowadays.

Height:  8.5cm, 3.3 in
Diameter:  7cm, 2.75 in
Weight: 241g (without stand)
Material: bronze
Period: Early 19thC
Height of stand: 26m, 10.5 in

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