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Saint Barbara (Detail of bell)

Joana Duarte2015

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto

The bell would be baptized and given a patron whose name might be displayed on it. The characteristics of its sound are defined by the composition of the alloy. It is clear how important the casting of a bell was as it justified performing a precise ritual, frequently in the presence of a priest, which was forbidden for women to attend.
Saint Barbara is the patron saint of metallurgical crafts and is often invoked in bells as a means of driving away thunder.

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  • Title: Saint Barbara (Detail of bell)
  • Creator: Joana Duarte
  • Date created: 2015
  • Location: A Fundição de Sinos de Braga, Serafim da Silva Jerónimo & Filhos, Braga

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