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    • #10971
      Garry
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      Here is an interesting bell I obtained recently. It’s brass, about 3 inches high plus the ring, clearly molded (there is a vertical seam up both sides of the bell) with a long chain and metal weight on the end. The motif around the bell is alternating man crab man yak (or some other long horned deer creature) man crab…

      It appears to be manually rung, with the bell mounted rather high (long chain), perhaps carried on a pole during a ceremony of some sort? Then the weight would get momentum and ring the bell.

      Anyone out there know about this type of bell? I would guess it’s Egyptian from the design, but that’s only a starting point guess.

      Garry

    • #14120
      hjlong
      Member

      This is a relatively recent casting given the thin wall, mold marks of a sand cast bell, and the steel eye bolt used to hang the clapper. The shape of the bell suggests that it may be from Thailand as the multiple rings are reminiscent of Thai Shrines or Temples (see pictures of Ankor Wat). The heavy, bell shaped clapper and weight on the chain suggest that this is a call bell and not a wind bell. I have no idea what the design on the skirt represents.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #14121
      Garry
      Participant

      Thanks Harry,

      I quite agree, Thailand sounds very reasonable for style, and I also do believe it is new.

      But do sand casts have seams on them? I thought that would be more of a molded bell look. Especially since the ‘symbols’ are so weak in definition. I don’t see the mottled inside look that I typically associate in a sand casting either.

      I don’t think it’s a call bell though, at least not any standard type. To get the clapper to strike by hand you almost have to pull the chain to a 90 degree angle. That’s very awkward for hand ringing.

      If, however, you let the bell dangle loosely from a pole via the loop, and swing it only slightly, the weighted end combined with the swing of the bell causes it to ring quite readily. That’s why I think it is a ‘carried’ ceremonial bell reproduction. Perhaps a “T” pole with one on either of the top bar ends… I would envision a procession of some sort.

      Your thoughts?

      Garry

    • #14122
      hjlong
      Member

      It probably is better to describe the casting as a “2 part sand mold”. “Lost wax” process is a one piece sand mold where the wax pattern is melted before the bronze is poured. Thus the term “Lost Wax”. These have no mold marks. In the 2 or 3 part mold, the pattern is physically removed before the mold is reassembled and the bronze poured. Where the mold parts come together, some bronze leaks between the parts leaving a ridge that must be removed.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #14123
      Garry
      Participant

      As usual Harry – you are an excellent source of information.
      I actually had never heard of that process before now. I knew of the lost wax process and a full mold process but hadn’t heard of this one.

      Thanks!
      Garry

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