A Carved African Ivory Benin Ritual Bell

A Carved African Ivory Benin Ritual Bell

1700 to 1800 Benin

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A Carved African Ivory Benin Ritual Bell . Old dark aged patina
18 th Century

Size : 27 cm long , 4.5 cm dia. – 10½ ins long , 1¾ ins dia.
Provenance : From the collection of an English Private Museum

These bells were used on royal ancestral altars by priests in their rituals to call up the ancestors at the beginning of the ceremony .
Probably carved by an Edo artist this bell has been hollowed out in order to fix a clapper inside .

Dimensions
Height 27.00 cm (10.63 inches)
Medium
Ivory
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