Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Elephant Bell with Miniature Elephant

Period:
Late period
Date:
ca. 300 B.C.–A.D. 200
Culture:
Thailand (Ban Chiang)
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/16 in. (23 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg, 1998
Accession Number:
2000.284.52
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 244
Its' shape and the animal standing on one side towards the top indicate that this exquisitely cast bell once adorned an elephant. Indian elephants, also native to mainland Southeast Asia, were used for transportation and treasured for their ivory.
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until d. 1998; bequeathed to MMA)
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