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Bronze bell

Bronze bell

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (Made)

  • Date:

    1900-1950 (Made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Case bronze and sewn cloth

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lynda Hillyer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The shape of this ritual bell shows that it was used by practitioners of the Bon religion in Tibet. Its flattened form contrasts with the typical high domed form of the traditional Buddhist ritual bell. Bon represents a fusion of Tibetan Buddhist beliefs and practices and the earlier animist indigenous religion of the area.

Physical description

A polished bronze bell of circular flattened form. The clapper is of acorn shape with three beads attached on a string, one pink coral and a green glass bead at the centre. A collar of open flower form stops the clapper from pulling through the hole at the top of the bell nad keeps the clapper in the correct positionn. Twin leather thongs act as a hanger and were once attached to a padded cloth handle made from four strips of roughtly sewn together striped coloured cloth.

Place of Origin

Tibet (Made)


1900-1950 (Made)

Materials and Techniques

Case bronze and sewn cloth


Height: 3 cm Maximum, Diameter: 10.5 cm

Descriptive line

Bronze bell, of circular flattened form, Tibet, 1900 - 1950.






South & South East Asia Collection

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