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  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    1827 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze (approx. 83 percent copper and 17 percent tin).

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Commander C.McLaughlin, R.N.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Traditional dome shaped bell flaring slightly at the base.
Decorated in relief on the shoulder with a ruff and concentric rings design; an edged band around the waist and concentric rings around the base. A swinging shackle is attached to the holding ring which is embellished on either side with a pair of seated chinthei (Two grotesque guardian lions).

From shoulder to waist the bell is circled with lines of Burmese text - part of which states that the bell was donated by Ye Wun (water transport minister) Nay myo min hla kyaw swa. The bell is dated 1189 BE (1827 AD) and the maker is Maung Myat. Trans. Daw San San Maw of the Archaeological Department; Rangoon; Burma; 1992.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


1827 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze (approx. 83 percent copper and 17 percent tin).


Height: 102 cm, Diameter: 66 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Bells of all sizes were presented as an act of merit to a pagoda or monastery.

Descriptive line

Burmese cast bronze bell. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). The body decorated in relief with concentric circles and a ruff design and the holding handle with a pair of seated chinthei. Notably the bell is inscribed with a detailed description of the name of the donor, his position






South & South East Asia Collection

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