Bell (Nao), Bronze, China

商 青銅鐃
Bell (Nao)

Shang dynasty (ca. 1500–1046 B.C.)
H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); W. 7 5/16 in. (18.5 cm); L. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); W. at shoulder 6 11/16 in. (17 cm); L. at shoulder 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
43.24.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
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. , New York, until 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.