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    • #10515
      Peter Hyde
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      Have a look at http://www.ebay.co.uk and do a search on IDOMENEO OPERA BELL

      There you will find an example of a little mass produced bell that appears frequently on ebay and sells for at most a couple of pounds or more likely remains unsold.
      Now have a look at what one innovative seller has come up with. He already has a bid of £14.99. So, before you sell on ebay – be imaginative!

      And the auction hasn’t finished yet.

      By the way, if the seller is right, let me know! I’ll be off to the loft.

    • #12904
      Peter Hyde
      Member

      The bell sold for £21.25

      Photo below:

    • #12905
      Peter Hyde
      Member

      As you may not be able to access this now on Ebay, here was the way the bell was described:

      This auction is for a vintage and very exciting brass cow bell in good condition.

      This brass bell has two picture frames on it . in the first frame there is three soldiers that are selling or giving enemy heads to 3 other people , and in the other frame these three people are selling or giving the heads to other people and i think that they are gettin money for giving the heads . i don’t know which year this story has taken place or this brass bell is made of which story but it is very exciting story and there is no date on the bell saying which year this story happened or when this brass bell was made and maybe this story has happened or there might be a book about this story but anyway there is only one bell in ebay or maybe in the world so you might not find a bell like this.

      Here my best friend Dona searched & sent this message about bell : Hi Fahim, I was just looking at the pretty items in your auctions and wanted to make a comment on the cow bell. It brings to mind an opera called Idomeneo. The characters in this opera are even dressed like those on your bell! In the opera, Idomeneo; the King of Crete has many severed heads. Among them, are the heads of Christ, Buddha, Mohammed and Poseidon,the king of the sea. This opera was first produced in Germany, in 1781. Its showing has been cancelled in many countries because of protests from both Christians and Muslims. The opera portrays that God is dead and that humanity stands alone without divine guidance–awful. Thought that this might interest you. Take care. Your Friend, Dona

    • #12906
      lmurgia
      Participant

      Ha ha ha ha ha………………….Wonders never cease………….

    • #12907
      Nice1todealwith
      Participant

      Hello Peter,
      You can check your first book in Mother’s series of twelve, “World of Bells No. 1” to read about the bell. Yours appears to be a new brass copy. I have hers and it is slightly different and is an older bronze bell. Alan

    • #12908
      Peter Hyde
      Member

      Alan

      I don’t have access to the book to which you refer. The bell that began this post was not mine but for sale on Ebay. I do have some similar bells in my loft!
      If it’s not too much trouble, could you post something of what your book says about these bells?

    • #12909
      Nice1todealwith
      Participant

      Biblical bell or Sennacherib’s Army Bell. 3 3/4 inches high brass. Small modern copy of a 7th Century relief in the British Museum. Shows Sennacherib’s Assyrian soldiers piling up heads of Hittites after a battle. Story in II Samuel, verses 11 and 12.

      I think hers is actually bronze and has a nicer shape and detailing than the one you shared. Alan

    • #12910
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      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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