About this object

A monastery bell made of a copper alloy with iron fixtures. The main body of the bell is decorated with alternating dharma wheels set within jewelled garlands and kirtimukha (face of glory) spitting out strings of jewels. Below this is a band of dorje or thunderbolts and at the dome of the bell is the 'om mani padme hum' mantra. A large iron stirrup-shaped handle is decorated with two dragons or sea serpents and this in turn is affixed to a loop and hook. There is also a thin sheet metal leaf-shaped clanger.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Music/sound
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Gyantse
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Copper Alloy; Iron
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1935 before
  • Measurements
    680 mm x 270 mm; 26 3/4 in x 10 5/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: There is a note on the object's inventory card stating the provenance as Gyantse. This is also repeated in the 1953 Tibet catalogue, but no other information is available to confirm this. Not recorded in List of Curios. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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