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Pellet bell for a donkey. The bronze bell is cast as a slightly flattened sphere divided into two segments, with a slit at the base. The bell is decorated with the 'kīrtimukha' or 'face of glory' protective motif. The upper segment has some scrolling cast decoration and is set with a pierced square lug with a cloth carrying strap.


Musical Instruments

112.13 vessel rattles
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Idiophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  crotal
object name:  Pellet Bell (donkey)
common name:  pellet bell
catalogue title:  112.13 vessel rattles
display title:  112.13 vessel rattles

India, South Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  Pakistan 
Northwest Frontier 
Date made
19th century
Additional date information
19th century 

Materials & techniques
copper alloy; textile
Additional material & technique information
material: copper alloy (overall)
material: textile (overall)
overall: 133 x 50 x 45 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 133 x 50 x 45 mm

These bells were used for traders' pack animals travelling the major land routes of Asia, such as the Silk Routes.

Related subjects
object name: crotals
classified as: 112.13 Vessel rattles

Record created 1999-12-26 by EMOWEN
Record last updated 2017-10-23 by XGVIEWS

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