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    • #24514
      tavc1331
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      I purchased this item from Lupe Murchison’s estate. Her father in law was Clint Murchison, oil tycoon. Lupe’s home was an art gallery of sorts and she would host and display up and coming artists. The had numerous steel sculptures and this was found in her garden upon the steel table. It measures 48.5″ across at the top, 17.5″ in height, and 11.5″ at the base. It has two holes that would appear to have been used to hang it. It has two stamps “Indian” and “L03571”.

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    • #24548
      kcoonen
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      Without expertise in variant bells, I would ask, “How does it sound”?
      If it rings like a bell…
      If not, sculpture, no?

    • #24549
      tavc1331
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      I am completely oblivious to variant bell sounds. It does ring, deep and beautiful when struck. An antique dealer at the sale suggested it may have come from France.

    • #24550
      Neil Goeppinger
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      It looks like a very large version of a Buddist singing bowl, but one of the ones like those made in Japan which do not have the enlarged reverse lip allowing them to sing when rubbed. In other words, they are rung by striking the top lip with a small mallet. I have some small Japanese ones, some old and hand hammered, and some new turned on a lathe. They are bronze and make a beautiful sound and continue to ring for a long time after being struck. Can you tell if this is bronze (does a magnet stick to it) and does it ring for a long time after the top edge is struck with a mallet? I have not seen one this large, but I don’t see why a larger version wouldn’t be successful. — Neil

    • #24559
      tavc1331
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      Thank you for answering Neil- I have verified that the bell is not bronze as a magnet does not adhere. When struck on the lip, the bell rings for 15-18 seconds. Please note in the second image that there are 2 holes at the bottom on opposite sides, like a bell not a bowl. Any other thoughts?

    • #24586
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I wasn’t clear in my last posting. Because a magnet does not stick to the metal means it is NOT iron or steel, which then means it is either bronze or brass. If it had a high shrill tone, it would be brass (copper and zinc), but if it has a pleasant deep tone, it is bronze (copper and tin). Also, the long 15 to 18 second resonance leads me to believe it is bronze. Further, brass stays bright and shiny, while bronze turns dark with time if it is indoors. This object is dark. The second picture looks like it has been turned on a lathe, so I believe it is made in a manner similar to the modern Japanese bronze bowls, which are in fact a form of bell. They are rung with the mouth of the bell pointing up instead of down. I can not explain the purpose of the two holes. — Neil

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