A rare Benin round bell
A rare Benin round bell from Nigeria depicting a panther head with a clapper 1 cm in diameter with a large decorated handle on the bell. The round shape widens towards the bottom. The nose section, accentuated by ornamental baths, is framed by pointed ears at the upper end and ends in broad nostrils with a mouth indicated below. Large slanting eyes. Typical for Benin bronzes is the rich ornamentation with cords, ribbons and chains and ribbons with grooves. Dark brownish patina.
Lit.: F. von Luschan "Die Altertümer von Benin", Band I, S. 372, Kap. Glocken, Absatz D.
Source: F. von Luschan "Die Altertümer von Benin", Band 3, Tafel 094 "Runde Glocken und Schellen".
Height: 24 cm
Diameter: 14 cm
Weight: 2,3 kg