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Cheng (Ritual "Hand" Bell)


Artist Unknown (China)


early 5th century B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G215
Cheng (Ritual 'Hand' Bell), Artist Unknown (China)
Cheng (Ritual "Hand" Bell): Gallery Label - Current
: Recent Additions to the Alfred F. Pillsbury Collection of Chinese Bronzes
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze
Size: 8 5/8 x 3 in. (21.91 x 7.62 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 5th century B.C., Eastern Chou dynasty, Warring States period
Physical Description: This bell, in cross section a pointed oval with an arched line at the bottom has a bottle-shaped handle that is most unusual. The decor field, confined to the body of the bell, is filled with granulation. It displays a variation of the 'volute with angle'
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.115
Added to Site: February 28, 2009