bells in Central Asia
In august 2014 Anton
Shatohin from Almaty, capital of Kazakhstan, reports the find
of a tiger bell of alternative type. He discovered the bell using
a metal detector. In the immediate surroundings of the bell several
objects of different age were found.
The site where the bell
was found was described by Mr Shatohin as follows: :
found the bell on the edge of a mountain gorge near Almaty City,
about 1800 meters above sea level. The bell and the other objects
were together in a small area, on a depth of about 20 to 25 cm.
That is the maximum depth for all objects found here because of
the stone stratum that begins at a depth of about 20 to 40 cm.
The two faces of the bell, the rather thick relief is also seen
C-type tiger bells from Nepal and Tibet.
The two sides of the bell, the shape is that of the B type bell.
A better view of the faces on both sides of the bell.
Dimensions of the bell:
wide 3,8 cm., high 3,5 cm. side 3,8 cm., hoop 1,1 cm., weight 28,5
This Chinese character
is the Shi-character. It has several meanings: generation,
world, life time, century, age. Below is a graphic representation
of the character:
The Shi character
characters are either too faded or it is impossible to recognise them
objects found in the immediate vicinity of ther tiger bell
bronze object, possibly a stamp or seal. The figure represents
an animal (bird?) but it could also very well be a stylized
character, possibly Chinese. Its age is for now unknown.
bronze object, probably a buckle. The design seems to be a floral
motif. The origin is possibly either Mongol or Chinese. It's age
could therefore go back to the 15th, or even the 13th century.
back of the same buckle. The casting is rough which could indicate
that it was produced by a rural and/or nomadic people.
A fragment of
a small bronze axe.
no further information
For now it is difficult
to come to any definite conclusions on the origin and age of the
tiger bell. The mixture of elements in the design and shape of the
tigerbell is confusing. We must find out more about the other objects
to see if they can be linked to the tiger bell. If there is a link
the bell could be very old: dating could go back to the 13th to
15th century bringing it into the influence of the Mongol
Invasions and connect the bell to the tiger bells from Tver.
This is one of the five
archeological finds involving tiger bells, the other finds are in
Tver (Russia), Wales
(Great Britain,) Indonesia
Reported in August
2014; all photographs on this page: courtesy Mr. Anton Shatohin.
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