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Bo with Dragon Loop and Panchi Pattern (Bronze bell)

Preserved in good condition. The central panel (zheng) is broken with 2 small holes on it. Made of bronze, with green patina on the surface. The body of the instrument is slim and long with its cross-section resembling two arched tiles closed together. The central panel (zheng), the areas (zhuan) between the studs, the studs themselves and the gu all have clearly defined sections. The bottom rim (yu) is flat and has inner lips. The upper surface (wu) is flat and has a double-dragon suspension loop (niu). This loop is decorated with S-shaped patterns and dots. The wu is decorated with thunder patterns; the areas (zhuan) between the studs and the gu are decorated with panchi patterns [in legend, panchi is a curled dragon without a horn]. There are 36 studs (raised half-spheres) with fine dots on them.

  • Measurements:Total height: 25.8cm, horizontal diameter of the wu: 13.4cm, distance between the two xian points: 14.5cm, height of each stud: 0.7cm, height of the niu: 5.8cm, vertical diameter of the wu: 10.2cm, distance between the two sides of the centre of the gu: 11.6cm, width of the top of the niu: 5.0 cm, mid-body length: 20.0c, thickness of the middle of the gu: 0.5cm, width of the bottom of the niu: 13.0cm, length of the xian: 20.0 cm, thickness of the sides of the gu: 0.8cm, weight: 1.9kg