Here is another example (much older) with similarity of design. http://www.rosenberg-library-museum.org/displays/treasure/2011/01-chalice/chalice.htm TheMessage 1 of 4 , Aug 30, 2012View SourceHere is another example (much older) with similarity of design.The little bell was given to me at a yard sale. I liked the animals and had no idea it might be African. It would be nice if it turned out to not be a tourist item.CarolThe animals used would imply it's from a coastal culture. This is a bit of a stretch, but the Taita of Kenya used bells (Mmanga) in ritual shrines. Check Grace Harris' 1978 ethnography on the Taita for a few photos. I don't have it in my library, nor do I remember specifics about the design of the bells - I recall they were dome shaped like that one, rather than round like sleigh bells.Hope this helps!Elizabeth R. Busbee, PhDwww.SereusLLC.com
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:54:29 +0000
Subject: [African_Arts] Bamun Bell?
I am trying to ID this small bird bell. It is either brass or bronze, about 6 inches tall. Photos are in album called Bird Bell: