Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 B.C.)
H. 14 in. (35.6 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber through the Live Oak Foundation, 1988
Not on view
In many cultures, musical instruments can serve to indicate extramusical characteristics of their owners, such as national identity, social position, religious or military distinction, and even sexual prowess. Incapable of producing sound, this clay bell is a decorative object that was probably meant to remind the viewer of the importance of state ritual; alternatively, it may have been produced as grave furniture.
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