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Bell of Archaistic Design (Bo)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Date:
dated 1715
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); Diam. of Base 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2056
Not on view
Bo (written with a different character from that for "cymbals") is a term for bells with suspension loops on the top. Bronze Age examples were lentoid in cross section and capable of producing two tones. The knowledge of the shape and function of the Shang and Zhou bells was lost in later periods, and the barrel-shaped bells made for ritual music in the Qing dynasty intone only one note, as is the case with this bell.
Inscription: Jiazhong; the 54th year of Kanxi

夾籦;康熙五十四年製
J. Pierpont Morgan , 1917; donated to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The "Hundred Antiques" in Chinese Textiles," February 8, 2006–July 30, 2006.

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