19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Confucius Bronze Bell


An unusual and decorative 19th century Qing dynasty heavy bronze bell in the shape of the philosopher Confucius.

The bell is made of a substantial lost wax cast bronze, with a hollow inside and shows the sage dressed in ornate robes and carrying a staff of office. His severe face, bushy eyebrows and long straight beard resemble the images and statues of Confucius. He is also wearing Zhanchi Futou or Wushamao, the headwear of Ming dynasty officials, with the ornate wing flaps, despite the fact that he lived over a 1000 years earlier. However, the wings are important as the bell was suspended by them, making a nice clean peel when it is struck. The bronze has the green oxide, with light patina where it has been handled. Condition is very good.

Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher, poet and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages. Confucius's teachings and philosophy formed the basis of East Asian culture and society and continues to remain influential across China and East Asia today.

Size: 10 x 7 x 23cm (4 x 2 ¾ x 9 inches)
Weight: 2151 g