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Lot 45: Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions

Worldwide Scholars' Collection of Chinese Antique Treasure Porcelain, Jade and Bronze

by Hong Kong Washington Company

29 October 2016

Kowloon, Hong Kong

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  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
  • Warring States Treasure: Rare Set of 18 Bronze Bells with Inscriptions
   
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Description: This Warring States Period (BC 475-221) set of bronze bell is a very important musical instrument because such exquisite bronze bells with exact musical notes are very rare in Chinese musical history. This set was probably belonging to one of the Emperors of the Warring States. Most of the bells have inscriptions of the body. More research is needed to reveal the meaning of these inscriptions.

Condition Report: Rust patination

Dimensions: H (largest bell) 10 1/4 in., H (smallest bell) 5 in., overall height of the bell stand: 34 1/2 in., Length of long bell hanging rod: 40 3/4 in.. Length of short bell hanging rod: 25 3/4 in.

Date: BC 475-221

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