Just sending a picture of a bell I got from a friend of mine. He got it from Tokyo in1947 when he went to visit his mothers place. He is now here in Malaysia.
He told me that it was the Comerant bird that picked up the oysters from the sea bed and a ring was placed across the beak to stop it swallowing the oyster. The tongue is on the exterior attached to the foot. The other day some one had written to say it was a candle snuffer. I thought not!!! but am not an expert.
Warm regards from the land below the wind
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I thought you may be interested in seeing a picture of my mother’s bronze “Japanese Bird Bell & Chain” that she bought in Hakone, Japan, in July 1975. She paid $7.50 for it. I’m sure it was new at the time. The clapper on the chain is a bird. The bell appears to have an applied patina.
Here’s what Springer has to say about this bell in The Collector’s Book of Bells by L. Elsinore Springer:
Known as the Pompeian stork bell. Of simple classic outlines but of symbolic importance. Bird dangling creature’s head as clapper is indicative of scavengers at work in the ruins of Pompeii. Clappers differ, representing paws, heads, and so on. Applied patina. A reproduction.