Bronze temple bells such as this are often found suspended on the eves of pavilions around temples in SE Asia and are said to attract the attention of the deva of the Tavatimsa Heaven. They are periodically replaced to accommodate new bells donated to the temple by devotees.
At the temple, the gentle tinkling ring serves as a reminder of the Buddha’s endless compassion and deep wisdom. Bells are also used to signal various activities to monks and nuns, including the time to rise, meditate, chant, eat and rest. They are rarer than other forms of bronze bells found in SE Asia.
Height (bell only): 9cm, 3.5 in
Diameter: 8 cm, 3 in
Weight: 312g (without stand)
Height of stand: 29cm, 11.4 in
Period: 19th century