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Ningxiang Shiguzhai Large Nao (Bronze nao with tiger pattern)

Well preserved. It has a short tubular rod named yong (handle), which has a raised collar called xuan. The underside (wu) is flat and the two xian points are straight. The instrument has a wide body. The mouth (yu) is curved. The colour is blueish brown. The main design on the body of the instrument is animal-mask motif. The rest of the decorations are similar to other large nao bells with animal-mask motif described above. The differences are: the animal-mask in the centre of the gu has a wider nose bridge; the tigers on the sides of the gu have open mouths and curling tails; and the animal-mask designs on the xuan have been simplified.

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  • Materials:Bronze
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:111.242.11 (Individual) resting bells
  • Repository:Hunan Museum
  • Measurements:Total height (broken): 68.0cm, length of the yong (broken): 27.0cm, diameter of the yong: 8.6-11.3cm, horizontal diameter of the wu: 36.6cm, vertical diameter of the wu: 26.6cm, distance between the two xian points: 46.8cm, distance between the two sides of the centre of the gu: 34.6cm, length of the xian: 41.4cm, mid-body length: 36.8cm, thickness of the middle of the gu: 2.1-2.3cm, weight: 55.8kg