This is a remarkably detailed, pre-war, well-preserved brass temple bell from Bali, used by Shiva priests during religious rituals like temple feasts and tooth filing. Standing at the top of the bell is a beautifully rendered Nandi (bull). The holy Nandi has been delivered in great detail, with his forelegs bent backwards in a kneeling position.The rest of the bell has similarly fine details. The bell measures 4 1/2 inches (high) x 2 3/4 (diameter). This bell - featuring the rarely encountered Nandi at the top - is of museum quality. Typically one finds elephants at the tops of such bells. The bell has a very deep and clear sound when rung.
It is in mint condition. As you can see in the last photograph, the color and patina of this bell is of a far higher quality than the smooth and yellow-ish colored bell at the left, which has a lower percentage of copper in it, which is typical of bells made post-war for Bali's tourist market.
If you are looking for an authentic, extremely fine pre-war Balinese temple bell for your collection, this is the one! The item "Antique Balinese brass temple bell with Nandi from Bali, Indonesia, c. 1920-40" is in sale since Friday, December 21, 2018.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Indonesian". The seller is "sdpilgrimsoul2012" and is located in Carlsbad, California. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.