This classical Urartian bell has a domed top, an octagonal and perforated body with a central raised ridge, and a loop for suspension. The Urartian cuneiform inscription reads: "From the arsenal of [King] Argishti."
From 1973, on loan by Nathaniel Spear Jr. to the Museum (L.1973.94); acquired by the Museum in 1977, gift of Nathaniel Spear Jr., New York. Published by the donor in A Treasury of Archaeological Bells (1978), no. 74.
“Archaeology: Exploring the Past,” The Junior Museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 22, 1962–June 30, 1966.
“Urartu: A Metalworking Center in the First Millennium B.C.E.,” The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, May 28–October 7, 1991.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 107 (Jul. 1, 1976 - Jun. 30, 1977), p. 38.
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Merhav, Rivka, ed. 1991. Urartu: A Metalworking Center in the First Millennium B.C.E., exh. cat., Israel Museum, pp. 94-95, no. 57.