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'Chunyu' Bell with Tiger-Form Handle

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Tall upright form with oval cross-section, with sides rising to wide, rounded shoulders, surmounted by a flat platform top with neatly finished raised edge and a figure of a tiger at the center for the handle; the stylized feline with long tail and wide jaws, fitted with a collar and decorated with finely detailed linear scroll motifs; three pictograms cast into the flat top, including antlered figures in a boat, a fish, and a human mask, the smooth surface with dark olive green patina. Much like a musical gong, chunyu bells are struck to emit their sounds.
Department of Asian Art [J.J. Lally & Co. New York March 2001] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation Woodside CA (2001-2006) partial gift; to Harvard University Art Museums 2006. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum Partial gift of the Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation and partial purchase through the Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Title: 'Chunyu' Bell with Tiger-Form Handle
Description:
Tall upright form with oval cross-section, with sides rising to wide, rounded shoulders, surmounted by a flat platform top with neatly finished raised edge and a figure of a tiger at the center for the handle; the stylized feline with long tail and wide jaws, fitted with a collar and decorated with finely detailed linear scroll motifs; three pictograms cast into the flat top, including antlered figures in a boat, a fish, and a human mask, the smooth surface with dark olive green patina.
Much like a musical gong, chunyu bells are struck to emit their sounds.

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