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Refectory Bell

Date:
13th century
Culture:
German
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
9 13/16 × 13 3/4 in., 50 lb. (24.9 × 35 cm, 22.7 kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.87
Not on view
The bell is inscribed in Latin TINNIO PRANSVRIS CENATVRIS BIBITVRIS (“I ring for breakfast, drinks and dinner”). Smaller than the taller and more familiar church bell, this rare refectory bell evokes the sounds of life in the medieval cloister. In addition to the inscription, the bell is decorated with roundels depicting two angels, a winged lion and the Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God. The shape is without precedent in surviving bells, but it can be seen in a mid-thirteenth-century manuscript depicting bell ringing and other music making.
Inscription: An inscription is cast in relief below the roundels:
+ TINNIO PRANSVRIS CENATVRIS BIBITVRIS
The House of Hohenzollern? (sold 2014) ; [ Sotheby's, London(23 January, 2014, lot 81)]
Of Royal and Noble Descent. London: Sotheby's, January 23, 2014. no. 81, pp. 54–55.



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