The design is clearly that
of the classic tiger bell. The fact that tiger bells were until then
totally unknown in Japan and the remarkable quality of the object
could indicate that they are produced locally since (very) recent
times. On what scale they are produced is not known.
In the design the eye-lines
show a remarkable detail: the line indicating the nose stops at the
line near the 'forehead' and stops there. The curved line at the other
side of the eye is a new element with its own start and end. This
is not seen in other bells, both old and new.
is attached to a key ring.
39 mm. (incl. hoop) x 32 mm. x 25 mm.
Reported and donated
to the author in 2014 by Dolf Heubers.
Photographs: courtesy Dolf Heubers