ovoid body, tapering at top with outward-flaring top section; relief design with teardrop shapes, swirls and zigzags; greenish patina

Ceremonial Bell, 3rd-2nd century BCE

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The attenuated form, repeated double-spiral decoration, and lines with sawtooth markings are motifs unique to Don Song culture (400 BCE–200 CE), a pan-Southeast Asian civilization inhabiting regions of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Yunnan province in China, and Indonesia. In the first millennium BCE, Don Song production of magnificent large bronzes increased. This bell was cast using the piece-mold process developed by neighboring Chinese bronze-founders. Perhaps influenced by Chinese customs, where cast bronze bells were buried with society elites, musical vessels are associated with Dong Song burial rituals and often found in tombs. Decorated bronzes were also used in trade.

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Title
Ceremonial Bell
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Accession Number
2004.130
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ovoid body, tapering at top with outward-flaring top section; relief design with teardrop shapes, swirls and zigzags; greenish patina