Bronze Bell from Gushi, Henan

Unknown CreatorQin – Western Han dynasty (221 BCE – 9 CE)

Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum
Stockholm, Sweden

Reportedly discovered in Gushi County, Henan province
Inventory number: XLIX:I:C.l.02.

The crown of this bell widens to the lip. When viewed from below, the mouth is lozenge-shaped, ending in corners at the sides. When examining it from the front or back, the mouth is arched. There is a loop on top of the bell from which it was attached to something. There is a linear circular decoration on the two faces, which may represent an abstract monster mask (taotie). The bell has probably had a clapper inside.

The to which this bell dates, marks the end of chariot use in China. However, it is still possible that this small bell was used on such a vehicle. Otherwise, it would have been appropriate for use on a horse, or perhaps even a dog.


  • Title: Bronze Bell from Gushi, Henan
  • Creator: Unknown Creator
  • Date Created: Qin – Western Han dynasty (221 BCE – 9 CE)
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 3.7 x 4.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Chinese Bronze Age, Bell, Chariots
  • Rights: CC BY

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