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商 青銅鐃
Bell (Nao)

Period:
Shang dynasty (ca. 1500–1046 B.C.)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); W. 7 5/16 in. (18.5 cm); L. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); W. at shoulder 6 11/16 in. (17 cm); L. at shoulder 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
43.24.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The nao type of bell is not suspended, but oriented upwards with its stem set into a socketed base. The unusual form of animal mask ornament suggests that this example was produced in the lower Yangzi River region of southeastern China.
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