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Golden Bell

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum

This bell is one of a set of sixteen bells of various tones that were originally hung together in a wooden frame and struck with a hammer. Producing a magnificent musical ensemble (known as Zhonghe shaoyue, lit. "harmonious, splendid music"), the set is the quintessence of imperial ritual music during the Qing dynasty. Cast in the fifty-fifth year of the Qianlong reign (1790), the set of sonorous golden bells cost a tremendous amount of over 13,600 taels (liang) of gold.

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Details

  • Title: Golden Bell
  • Physical Dimensions: height 23.8 cm, diameter 16.1 cm
  • Type: metalwork

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