Lot 172. A rare bronze bell (bo), Eastern Zhou dynasty, 8th-7th century BC. Height 16 1/2 in., 41.9 cmEstimate 30,000 — 50,000 USDLot sold 40,625 USD. Photo Sotheby's

of pointed oval section, each side decorated with six horizontal panels enclosing three bosses cast in the form of coiled snakes, separated by narrow bands of interlaced dragon pattern and raised lines, with a central plain vertical panel, incorporating narrow vertical openings for tuning, the lower part of the bell with an intricate design of interlaced snakes, surmounted by a handle of intertwined snakes set on the flat base cast with further interlaced snakes, with a pale grayish-green patina.

ProvenanceCollection of Tonying & Co., New York.
Sotheby's New York, 30th March 1955, lot 60.
Sotheby's New York, 19th March 1997, lot 8.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 11 september 2012