Lot 87. A Cambodian bronze ceremonial bell, Battambang province, probably 2nd century B.C. to 2nd century A.D.; 22 ¾ in. (57.8 cm.) High; 13 in. (33 cm.) Wide; 10¾ in. (27.3 cm.) Deep. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 40,000 (USD 25,240 - USD 50,480)© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Of waisted oval section, decorated overall with geometric scrolls in low relief.

Provenance: European collection prior to 1970.

Note: This large bronze bell from the Southeast Asian Bronze age, generally named after the Dongson site in North Vietnam. The swirling band design is particularly vivid and crisply cast; for another example of similar design from Samrong, now in the National Museum Phnom Penh, see H. Jessup and T. Zephir (eds.), Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia, Millennium of Glory, 1997, fig. 4, p. 8.

Another notable example of similar, shape, form and with stylised decoration is held in the collection of the British Museum (Accession No. 1949,0715.1). Known as the Klang Bell, it is almost identical in height to the present lot and is dated to 2nd century B.C.


Bronze bell, circa 2nd century BC; Diameter: 31.3 cm Height: 58 cm Weight: 7.4 kg. British Museum, 1949,0715.1. © Trustees of the British Museum


Lot 149. A group of four Cambodian Dong Son buffalo bells, Battambang province, 300 BC-300 AD. Each bell: 4 ½ in. (11.5 cm.) high; 4 in. (10.5 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000 (USD 2,524 - USD 3,786)© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

ProvenanceEnglish Private Collection, 1970s.
Acquired circa 1986.



Lot 150. A group of six bronze bell necklaces, Battambang province, 1st century B.C. 15 in. (38 in.) wide and smaller. Estimate GBP 2,500 - GBP 4,000 (USD 3,155 - USD 5,048)© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Each later mounted on a display stand.

ProvenanceEnglish Private Collection, 1970s.
Acquired circa 1986.

Christie'sPeter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected, London, 30 January 2019