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99: A Large Khmer Bronze Elephant Bell

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Cambodia, 12 - 13th century AD. ANGKOR VAT STYLE, cast bronze bell has a bulbous body with two flaring bands, the lower part moulded with lotus-petal decoration and surmounted by a looped suspension ring; made to hang around the neck of the elephant. Two prominent ridges projected from the surface serve to keep the main body of the bell from touching the elephant's skin and dulling its tone. Inside the bell t is a loose pellet which acts as a rattle when the elephant moves. These types of large bells can be seen hanging from the necks of elephants depicted in numerous Khmer bas-reliefs at Angkor , and on elephants represented in Khmer twelfth-century ceramics. Custom black metal stand. Bell itself measures 8"L.

Provenance: Ex-privateTexas Collection.

This lot will be sold not subject to a reserve. The starting price is the price at which the item can sell.


Intact. Fine green and blue patina.

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Estimate $3,200 – $4,000
Starting Bid $1,900
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