Clapper bell (ling) with flange

Artist: Late Erlitou culture 二里頭 (ca. 2000-1600 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Erlitou culture, ca. 1800-1600 B.C.E
H x W x D (overall): 8.6 x 11.2 x 8.1 cm (3 3/8 x 4 7/16 x 3 3/16 in)
China, Henan province, probably Yanshi
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Musical Instrument


casting, China, Paul Singer collection, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Berys Dixon. Ring That Bell!: Little Learners, Big World Stage 6. Victoria, Australia. p. 4.
  • Lothar von Falkenhausen. Suspended Music: Chime-bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China. Berkeley. pp. 138-157.
  • Jenny F. So. Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 3 New York, 1995. p. 438.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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