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Duo with Triangular Pattern (Bronze bell)

Generally well preserved. The wooden shank and clapper are lost. The rectangular shank (qiong) is broken. Made of Bronze. Mainly green mixed with grey colours on the surface, which is covered with mud and patina. The body of the bell is short and wide, and is shaped like a combined pair of tiles. On top of the upper surface (wu) there is a short shank (qiong). This rectangular shank is connected to the inside of the body. The two xian points and the mouth (yu) are slightly curved. The body of the bell is covered with incised geometrical patterns including square, rectangle, triangle and irregular shapes. A pair of angular shapes formed by two rectangles appear on the surface. This design is rarely seen.

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    Warring States period
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    Hunan Museum
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:111.242 Bells
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  • Materials:Bronze
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:111.242 Bells
  • Repository:Hunan Museum
  • Measurements:Total height: 9.0cm, height of qiong: 1.6cm, length of qiong: 2.4cm, width of qiong: 1.8cm, horizontal diameter of the wu: 5.6cm, vertical diameter of the wu: 4.3cm, mid-body length: 7.0cm, distance between the two xian points: 8.5cm, distance between the two sides of the centre of the gu: 6.7cm, thickness of the bell: 0.5cm, weight: 0.4kg