China / Pien Chung (Ceremonial  Bell) / early 5th century B.C.China
Pien Chung (Ceremonial Bell)
early 5th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: China
Creator Name-CRT: China
Title: Pien Chung (Ceremonial Bell)
View: front
Creation Start Date: -59
Creation End Date: -50
Creation Date: early 5th century B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H.23 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 50.46.110
Credit Line: Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Context: Ritual music was an integral part of ancient Chinese ceremonies, and entire sets of graduated bells such as this have been excavated intact. The clapperless bells were suspended in order of size and struck to mark cadence during the various rites which were performed. The complex zoomorphic ornamentation this bell typifies is but one style of fifth-century bronze casting from northern China. Disguised in the center of the bottom decor zone is a t'ao-t'ieh mask, a stylistic revival of the original Shang dynasty motif.
AMICA ID: MIA_.50.46.110
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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