Bell (bo) with birds

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1000-800 BCE
H x W x D: 39.7 x 26.5 x 18.8 cm (15 5/8 x 10 7/16 x 7 3/8 in)
China, Yangzi River valley
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
Paul Singer collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 25: RESOUND: Bells of Ancient China
Metalwork, Musical Instrument


casting, China, Paul Singer collection, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
Dr. Carol Master born 1941
Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler born 1948
Arthur F. Sackler born 1950
Denise Marika born 1955
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965
AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities founded 1981

Published References
  • Robert W. Bagley. Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections: Volume 1 of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. vol. 1, Washington and Cambridge, MA, 1987. cat. 140.
  • Virginia Kane. The Independent Bronze Industries in the South of China Contemporary with Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties. vol. 28 New York and Honolulu, HI, 1974/1975. pp. 85-86, fig. 18.
  • Lothar von Falkenhausen. Suspended Music: Chime-bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China. Berkeley. pp. 168-174.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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