Bell-Gong

Roman
Imperial Period
1st century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 697.

Dimensions

Diameter: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

99.500

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments, The Ancient World

Classifications

Idiophones

The instrument’s form is that of a disc with a hole in the center, through which passed an iron hoop, to the ends of which chains were attached for suspension. Each face is decorated with four concentric circles, incised. The hole in the center was enlarged by friction of the iron hoop (indicating long use). Green patina, mostly removed.

Provenance

By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Labelled Purnell Coll. '72. Bought in London.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund