Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gilt bronze dragon ritual bell

Cast in Bianzhong, China, dated 1743.
Bells of this type were known as bianzhong and were assembled in graduated sets of sixteen, providing twelve musical tones with the four repeated notes in lower or higher octaves.

Bianzhong were essential in ritual ceremonies at the Imperial altars, formal banquets and during processions.

Price Realized: HK$32,807,500 ($4,223,933)

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