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    • #10592

      Hi, all!

      I have some bell colletion and received this bell as a present. It’s about 2.5 inch high.
      The interesting and even funny design with people carrying cut heads made me wonder about the possible origin of this bell.
      Reminds me some Egyptian motives. 🙂
      I don’t expect it to be of some great value, just curious what culture this design could be based on.

      Thanks a lot for your ideas! 🙂
      Best regards,

      Igor AKA Gosha


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      Carolyn Whitlock

      Welcome to the “Bell Talk” Forum, Igor!

      If you go to https://www.americanbell.org/belltalk/viewtopic.php?t=324, you will see a variation of the same bell and find some information people have posted.

      In her book Collectible Bells – Treasures of Sight and Sound, on page 128, Donna Baker describes this bell as “Sennacherib’s Army or Assyrian bell, brass. The relief around the body of the bell shows Assyrian warriors carrying heads of Hittite captives after a battle. From a seventh century relief in London’s British Museum.”

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      Thank you very much, Carolyn!

      Indeed, this bell is a great way to to learn history! 🙂

      …The battles are dealt with chronologically, and the first one deals with the seige of Jerusalem in 701BC by the Assyrian army under the ruler Sennacherib.

      The battle/seige referred to was certainly of great significance in the unfolding story of God’s people. The Northern Kingdom of Israel had already been utterly defeated. King Hezekiah was on the throne of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, advised by the prophet Isaiah. He had entered into a military alliance with the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Philistines against the great world power of the day, Assyria, and it had been a debacle. Dozens of fortified cities had been defeated by Sennacherib’s army, and then Jerusalem itself found itself under seige. When all seemed lost, the Assyrian army was struck down by a mysterious pestilence, and Sennacherib withdrew his army. What the disease was there is no way of knowing, but it meant that Judah was left intact, and Hezekiah remained on his throne. Judah remained a vassal state, yes, but the House of David stayed alive, and the religion of Israel survived…

      Thank you again. 🙂

    • #13110
      Carolyn Whitlock


      I would say that your bell is most likely a new or “newer” bell. I say this because of the circle in the handle loop rather than the whole loop being open.

      Regardless, there is nothing wrong with new bells! I have many new ones myself. As you have found out, your bell commemorates an interesting time in history. As we learn more about our bells, the more precious they become to us!

      I’d better stop. I feel a commercial coming on in hopes of getting you to join the American Bell Association International, Inc.!

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