Cambodian Bell Sells for $100,000 at Christie's Auction

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Cambodian Bell Sells for $100,000 at Christie's Auction

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:41 am

Cambodian bell brings a high note to Peter Petrou auction at Christie's
A large bronze Cambodian ceremonial bell from the south-east Asian Bronze Age was the top-seller at the Peter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected auction at Christie’s last week.
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Bronze Cambodian ceremonial bell – £100,000 at Christie’s.

Made in the Battambang province sometime between the 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD, the 23in (58cm) high bell features overall decoration with geometric scrolls in low relief.

It was knocked down for £100,000 against a £40,000 high estimate.

A similar example of almost identical height is in the British Museum. Known as the Klang Bell, it is a product of Dong Son culture, named after a site in northern Vietnam.
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Re: Cambodian Bell Sells for $100,000 at Christie's Auction

Post by Barang_doa_slae » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:10 pm

Magnificent object whereas it probably was ugly sourced.

The barely visible carvings reminds me of one of the most mysterious antic I bought here. That is a top of a bronze drum the size of which I ever only saw in the Luang Prabang museum where they have 2 complete ones. I am talking about a 40kg hand carved bronze piece I bought in my early days for a couple hundred bucks which even then wouldn’t make much sense if a copy considering the cost of bronze and the intricate hand carving work.
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