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.
[ Tonying & Co. , 1943; sold to MMA]
London. Royal Academy of Arts. "International Exhibition of Chinese Arts," November 1935–March 1936.
Coral Gables. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. "The Art of the Oriental Bronze Metallurgist: China, Korea, Japan, 1500 B.C.–A.D. 1912," January 19, 1978–February 26, 1978.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.