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Ghanti

Date:
last half 19th century
Geography:
North, India
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
H. 30.5 cm (12 in.); Diam. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Idiophone-Struck-bell-clapper
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.154
  • Description

    The handle of this bell consists of a finely wrought figure of Hanuman, the famous monkey general who, in Hindu mythology, led the army that helped Rama rescue his wife, Sita, from Ravana. The body of the bell is richly engraved with additional figures and floral designs. Priests use ghanti of different sizes to worship and pay homage to a god. This worship may occur in a temple or privately at home before the household shrine.

  • Provenance

    India Warerooms, London. Possibly via Mrs. Charlotte E. Hume (see letter 5/28/96).

  • References

    Written by, Written by Ms. Jackie Menzies, Written by Pratapaditya Pal. Dancing To The Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art. The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia, 1997, pg. 174, 177, fig. 109 c), ill.

    "Hindu Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1955), Vol. XIV, No. 3, pg. 75, ill.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 61.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 61.



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