Bell (bo) with birds


Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1000-800 BCE
H x W x D: 39.7 x 26.5 x 18.8 cm (15 5/8 x 10 7/16 x 7 3/8 in)
China, Yangzi River valley
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Paul Singer collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 25: RESOUND: Bells of Ancient China
Metalwork, Musical Instrument


casting, China, Paul Singer collection, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities founded 1981
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, NY founded 1965
Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler born 1948
Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
Arthur F. Sackler born 1950
Denise Marika born 1955
Dr. Carol Master born 1941

Published References
  • Robert W. Bagley. Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections: Volume 1 of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. vol. 1, Washington and Cambridge, MA, 1987. cat. 140.
  • Lothar von Falkenhausen. Suspended Music: Chime-bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China. Berkeley. pp. 168-174.
  • Virginia Kane. The Independent Bronze Industries in the South of China Contemporary with Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties. vol. 28 New York and Honolulu, HI, 1974/1975. pp. 85-86, fig. 18.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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