Antique Bronze Temple Bell with Shunya Mudra
Size: 8 x 3 ¾ x 3 ½ inches (20 x 9 cm). Weight: 1 lb 8 oz (691 grams)
This is a really unique and rather wonderful antique temple hand-bell that was formerly used by a Buddhist Priest on ritual and ceremonial occasions. It comprises a marriage between a bronze bell and acopper arm and hand cut from an old Buddha statue, both parts being separately cast by the lost wax method. The arm might be a replacement for a damaged bell shaft, but it’s impossible to know for sure, and the two parts could have been intentionally combined during the bell’s manufacture. However, whilst the bell might be 19th Century I think the hand could be considerably older, perhaps even 17th century. It is very graceful and has been superbly crafted.
The hand gesture, or shunya mudra, symbolizes and encourages patience, discernment, focus and discipline, and is used to improve intuition, alertness, and sensory powers. It also purifies emotions and thoughts.
All I can say is that the marriage works well and they look perfect together…and it feels rather special when gripping the arm whilst ringing the bell. This bell almost certainly belonged to a particular Buddhist priest, and was not part of a temple’s altar set.
Its powerful sixth octave voice flickers between F#6 (1442Hz) and D6 (1145HZ).
It was sourced in Nepal, is excellent quality, and in exceptionally fine condition. The spots of green copper oxidization could be removed if desired, but I would leave it alone.
Antique bronze Temple Bells of this quality and originality are extremely rare, and are highly prized by religious practitioners, shaman, yogis, healers and sound therapists, as well as bell collectors.
A really beautiful one-of-a-kind antique bell!
When you buy, handle, and ring this antique ritual bell you can be confident that it is a genuine and revered holy instrument that has played an important part in countless sacred rituals and ceremonies for at least 100 years. It is a fascinating and beautiful object in its own right, with the look and feel of antiquity…but perhaps more interestingly, when it is rung one can sense the spiritual energy, power and purpose with which it is imbued, and the present ineffably connects to the past.
Note: Audio clip coming soon.
NOTE: Sorry, I decided that I couldn’t part with it…it’s too special!