Details about Antique Bronze Elephant Bell Rare Artifact Asian Home Decor CollectibleSee original listing
04 Feb, 2015 15:45:32 AEDST
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Known in SE Asia as chu, this is a particularly large 19th century elephant bell from Bagan. It is cast in bronze and has been incised with a traditional design and bears the maker’s insignia. Elephant bells of such impressive size are very rarely seen nowadays. A metal ball rolls around inside the bell and sounds against the bell wall with pleasant gentle notes. The bell is in excellent condition and is hung from a custom built stand.
Circumference: 33cm, 13 in
Weight: 848g (without stand)
Height: 14cm, 5.5 in
Height of stand: 36cm, 14 in
Please see below for shipping costs as well as a brief description of the tradition of bell making in SE Asia.
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Antique bronze bells from Southeast Asia have understandably become a sought after collector’s item. The bells of old are often far more beautiful than bells crafted today. They were cast in bronze and bear a range of attractive designs and often interesting inscriptions. In SE Asia, the tradition of blacksmithing has always been an honoured occupation associated with courage, strength and integrity. The Nat is an ancient spirit guardian possessing supernatural powers. The household Nat can take many forms, the most powerful being the Mahagiri Nat, Nga Tin-de (Mr Handsome), a blacksmith of extraordinary strength who was killed by a jealous king. “He wielded two hammers; with his right hand he held an iron hammer weighing fifty viss, and with his left hand he held another hammer weighing twenty-five viss. When Nga Tin-de worked his smithy and when he used his hammers against the anvil, the whole city quaked and trembled.” (Maung Htin Aung, Folk Elements in Theravada Buddhism).
They excelled at bronze casting using the lost wax method or cire perdue. The nature of the work was hot, dusty and malodorous so foundries and smithies were located on the outskirts of town in open sided bamboo shelters. They made their own crucibles of clay with a lip for pouring, and handled them with cradles of bamboo or wood during the casting process. A shallow hole in the ground served as a hearth and the charcoal fuel was kept at the desired temperature by bellows made from hollowed bamboo with feather covered pistons- an ingenious device which was used until it was replaced with leather bellows under the influence of the British.
Reduced postage offered for combined items
Postage Costs (registered airmail - 1-2 weeks)
Australia – AU $50.00
Europe & United Kingdom – AU $60.00
USA & Canada – AU $60.00
Asia & Japan – AU $40.00
Postage Costs (registered economy airmail - 3-4 weeks)
Australia – AU $38.00
Europe & United Kingdom – AU $48.00
USA & Canada – AU $45.00
Asia & Japan – AU $30.00
The item will be professionally packed to ensure safe arrival.
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