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THREE BRONZE GRADUATED BELLS, LING OR NIUZHONG
Property from the Jacob and Mary Stein Collection
THREE BRONZE GRADUATED BELLS, LING OR NIUZHONG

WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY BC

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THREE BRONZE GRADUATED BELLS, LING OR NIUZHONG
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY BC
The clapperless bells are in graduated sizes, and each is of lenticular section and has an arched lower rim on two sides. The sides are cast in thread relief with a panel of conforming outline that encloses two addorsed dragons with compressed, and vertically arranged, scrolled bodies separated by a center line. The flat top has a central aperture below a faceted, arched suspension loop. Each bell has a mottled green surface.
5¼, 5 7/8 and 7¼ in. (13.3, 15, and 18.4 cm.) high, metal stand (3)
Provenance
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, January 1988.

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Lot Essay

Compare a set of Western Zhou bronze bells of similar form and bow-string decoration, from Shaanxi province, and dated to the middle Western Zhou period, illustrated in Shaanxi Chutu Shang Zhou Qingtongqi, vol. II, 1980, no. 75. The same set is illustrated by Minao Hayashi in his compendium, A Study of Shang and Zhou Bronzes, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1984, pl. 392.

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