Cambodian bell brings a high note to Peter Petrou auction at Christie’s

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Bronze (Dong Son style?) bell from Battambang auctioned at Christie's late in January. Source: Trade Gazette, 20190204
Bronze (Dong Son style?) bell from Battambang auctioned at Christie's late in January. Source: Trade Gazette, 20190204
Bronze (Dong Son style?) bell from Battambang auctioned at Christie’s late in January. Source: Trade Gazette, 20190204

via Trade Gazette, 04 Feb 2019: There seems to be no mention of how the bronze bell was acquired from Battambang.

A large bronze Cambodian ceremonial bell from the south-east Asian Bronze Age was the top-seller at the Peter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected auction at Christie’s last week.

Made in the Battambang province sometime between the 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD, the 23in (58cm) high bell features overall decoration with geometric scrolls in low relief.

It was knocked down for £100,000 against a £40,000 high estimate.

Source: Cambodian bell brings a high note to Peter Petrou auction at Christie’s | Antiques Trade Gazette

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15th century Vietnamese bell to be auctioned in France

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Vietnamese bell on auction. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150605

A 15th century Vietnamese bell, which may have been originally from Hue, is being auctioned this weekend in Paris.

Vietnamese bell on auction. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150605

Vietnamese bell on auction. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150605

Antique Vietnamese bell to be auctioned in Paris
Viet Nam Net, 05 June 2015

An ancient Vietnamese bell will be auctioned in Paris on June 7 and 8.

Philippe Rouillac, founder of the Rouillac Auction Company, said the bell was made and used in Viet Nam between 1405 and 1585. Some historic materials provided by Vietnamese French collector Gerard Chapuis said the bell was a unique and valuable antique.

The bronze bell is decorated with two dragons and other patterns. It measures 108cm in height and 126cm in diameter. Many experts said the bell was kept at Long An Palace in Hue Royal Citadel.

Full story here.

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14-year-old finds ancient bronze bell in Vietnam

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10 July 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A 14-year-old unearths a bronze bell in Quang Nam province in Vietnam. Unfortunately, no other information about the bell was provided, although the Han dynasty lettering on the bell implies a date between 200 BC and 200 AD.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 10 Jul 2007

Ancient bronze bell discovered in Quang Nam

A 14-year-old kid named Duong Quoc Hop from Thang Binh district in the central province of Quang Nam has recently found an ancient bronze bell while looking for metal waste right inside his home’s garden.

The bell was buried at 1.5 m underground in quite original conditions. Its diameter is 0.45 m; height 0.94 m, and weight 100kg. The body of the bell has many sharply-engraved Han letters.

Yesterday afternoon, July 9, a team from Quang Nam Museum and the Department of Culture and Information visited the kid’s house and tried to persuade his family to hand over the bell to them for investigation.