Northern India / Ghanti (Hand Bell) / second half of the 19th centuryNorthern India
Ghanti (Hand Bell)
second half of the 19th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Active Place: Northern India
Creator Name-CRT: Northern India
Title: Ghanti (Hand Bell)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1850
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: second half of the 19th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Idiophone/bell with clapper
Materials and Techniques: Brass
Dimensions: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 89.4.154
Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

The handle of this bell consists of a finely wrought figure of Hanuman, the famous monkey general who, in Hindu mythology, led the army that helped Rama rescue his wife, Sita, from Ravana. The body of the bell is richly engraved with additional figures and floral designs. Priests use ghanti of different sizes to worship and pay homage to a god. This worship may occur in a temple or privately at home before the household shrine.

AMICA ID: MMA_.89.4.154
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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