Burmese Bronze Hand Bell, S188

//Burmese Bronze Hand Bell, S188

Size 41cm Tall

Price £1150 with free Uk/Eu Shipping by Courier.

 

Early 19thc Burmese hand bell cast in bronze. This rare item has an inscription around the Cloche in a single band of text [to be translated] and has Lotus flower detail cast and engraved dedication into its form, The kn-op above this has traces of old red lacquer. The handle is engraved with foliate decoration this in turn is surmounted by a stylised Peacock.The Peacock or Green Peafowl is called  ‘Daung’ in Burmese, is one of the national animals of Burma. It is strongly associated with the Konbaung monarchy and the anti-colonial nationalist movements and thus is popularly seen as the symbol of the Burmese state. This wonderful artefact has most likely originally come from a monastery and would have been gifted by a wealthy patron. Good uncleaned patination and no damage. This is the only one of this form i have ever seen.