1644 - 1911
175 mm (Height); 122 mm (Diameter)
Place of origin
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Ightham Mote, Kent (Accredited Museum)
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A late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Chinese handbell, with a plain waist with a band of relief ornament in the centre, with amorphous animal-like creatures against a patterned ground. Handle formed from two dragons with serpentine tails, who face each other across the top of the bell, a sphere held in their mouths. A short chain attached to the handle. Clapper missing.
This handbell may be compared with a late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) handbell in the Ancient Bell Museum of the Great Bell Temple in Beijing, which has a similar plain form with a frieze around the waist, and a simpler handle (La Voix du Dragon. Trésors archéologiques et art campanaire de la Chine ancienne, exhibition catalogue, Musée de la Musique, Paris 2000, p. 285, no. 114). It is also similar to a late Qing handbell in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Inv. 06.1251. Jeremy Warren (December 2017)
Bequeathed by Charles Henry Robinson in 1985.
National Trust Collections (Ightham Mote)