Elephant Bell with Miniature Elephant

Thailand (Ban Chiang)

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.

Elephant Bell with Miniature Elephant, Bronze, Thailand (Ban Chiang)

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