bells in Europe
Type A tiger
bells, or closely similar, were found in two places.
bell with eyes, with some similarities to the A
The website DetectingWales.com
) shows a crotal bell decorated with two eyes. The object was found
in January 2012, with a metal detector. Although the design is very
faint, the eyes are clearly present. The other elements of the design
seem to be different when compared to the classic type A tiger bell.
Three pictures are presented on the page:
front view shows the eyes and the 'mouth'; these are clearly
elements of a classic tiger bell.
view shows the typical contour of the smaller type A tiger bell.
The hoop is however larger and more rounded than the hoop
of the classic tiger bell (see also the picture below).
view shows design elements that differ very much from the
classic tiger bell. The 'Wang' character
is missing, as well as the
curls and the Chinese characters on the 'forehead' and
the teeth around the 'mouth'.
Unfortunately no details
such as dimensions or the place where the bell was found are given
on the website. I have tried to contact the webmaster by registering
but so far there is no follow up.
An expert consulted by
the finder of the bell said the bell is probably from the 19th century
and of Asian origin. How the bell arrived in Wales is unknown. The
chances that there is a link with shamanism are very small.
This is one of the five
archeological finds involving tiger bells; the others are from Tver,
Indonesia and Vietnam.
Reported in September
2013, by Harald Lux.
Greater London; region of origin: unknown
In the mausoleum of Sir
Richard Francis Burton, in Mortlake, London (UK):
at least 8 to 10 classic tiger bells type A.
The mausoleum is shown
in the documentary O'Hanlon's heroes, the episode on Sir
Richard Burton, broadcast by VPRO Television (the Netherlands) broadcast
in December 2013. We see the interior, shot through a window. A
string with eight bells among which are four tiger bells, is shown.
Photograph: screen shot from the
television series Redmond O'Hanlon's heroes,
the episode on Sir Richard Burton (courtesy VPRO).
four tiger bells in close up
On the website http://godardgirl.com/?p=2071
a photograph of the inner roof is shown. We can now see four strings
with bells, among them at least ten tiger bells.
Richard Burton (1821 - 1890) started his career as a captain
in the British army. During his army time he was assigned to
several undercover operations in a.o. Karachi, Pakistan. Later
he became a diplomat and lived for some time in Damascus (Syria).
He traveled extensively in the Middle East, Pakistan and India
and in Africa. He was a writer and translator and was buried
in England in a mausoleum modeled after a Bedouin tent. His
wife wrote his biography. She writes:
With the earnings
[from the sales of the biography] I am embellishing his mausoleum,
and am putting up in honor of his poem Kasidah, festoons
of camel bells from the desert, in the roof of the tent where
he lies, so that when I open or shut the door
of the camel bells will sound just as it does in the desert.
On 22 January  I am going to pass the day in it as it
is my thirty-third wedding day and the bells will ring for the
does not tell us where the strings with the bells were found or
bought. Was it in Pakistan, in Syria, or in England? Also it does
not tell us from what region the tiger bells come. I will try to
find more information on that through the Internet.
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