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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Ritual bell
Creation Start Date: -53
Creation End Date: -50
Creation Date: late 6th century B.C. - 5th century B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Bronze
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H.24-5/8 x W.18-1/8 x D.14 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 97.81
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton
Cast on each side with eighteen bosses formed by coiled snakes, this massive bell was originally part of a graduated set buried with its owner. These instruments were hung on a wooden frame and rung with a long-handled wooden hammer in accompaniment to singers performing ceremonial songs and ballads at the feudal courts. The largest and most elaborate bronze bells date from the late Western Chou period and are a tribute to the technical abilities of the ancient artisans to pour large scale, finely detailed castings.
AMICA ID: MIA_.97.81
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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