China / Bell / early 5th century B.C.China
early 5th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: China
Title: Bell
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -49
Creation End Date: -46
Creation Date: early 5th century B.C.
Creation Place: China
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)

Sets of bells were an important aspect of Zhou bronze production. They were used in musical accompaniment for ritual ceremonies and for less solemn occasions.

Ancient clapperless bells, which were sounded with mallets, are members of the zhong family. A yongzhong, recognized by its highly raised rims, is a type of bell found in great sets of graduated chimes known as bianzhong. Although it has a slightly raised rim, this bell is suspended from a ring rather than a long handle, making it a cross between the ongzhong and the bo types. Each face of the bell has three rows of bosses in the form of coiled serpents further divided by trapezoidal panels with faint dragon motifs. The elegant decoration and advanced acoustical properties of Zhou-dynasty bells illustrate the extraordinary technical sophistication of metallurgy in China during this period.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1988.20.7
Credit Line: Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber through the Live Oak Foundation , 1988
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: late Spring and Autumn period (770?ca. 475 B.C.)
Style or Period: Eastern Zhou dynasty
AMICA ID: MMA_.1988.20.7
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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