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A large inscribed bronze temple bell, Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

20 000 - 30 000 SEK
1 790 - 2 680 EUR
1 900 - 2 840 USD
Hammer price
26 000 SEK
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Cecilia Nordström
Cecilia Nordström
Head Specialist Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
+46 (0)739 40 08 02
A large inscribed bronze temple bell, Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

With inscription that can be translated to 'Made during the first month of the summer of the Xinchou year, Wangli period; installed by Zhuang Qin'. The date is corresponding to the year of 1601. The tall, domed body broadening at the rim, surmounted by a double-headed beast-form finial for suspension, the sides cast in high relief with a lappet band. One section bearing the inscription. Height 45.5 cm.


Property of a private Swedish Collector, purchased in London in the 1960's.


Compare with a bell sold at Bonhams, Fine Asian Works of Art, 21 Jun 2006, San Francisco. Lot 3198.

Compare also with a bronze bell in the British Museum, museum number

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