in South Asia
wide 3,7 cm., high 3,5 cm., side 4 cm., hoop 0,8 cm. square
C tiger bells, bought (1976), donated (1986, by a.o. Hugo de Groote)
and seen (1990) by the author. This type of bell is very common in Nepal.
Many are newly made. Local people told me that one factory, in Dehra
Dunn, produces these bells for the Tibetan and Nepalese market.
Also Rajpur was mentioned as a place where tiger bells of this type
are produced. Both Dehra Dunn and Rajpur are in Uttar Pradesh (India).
The bell is an alternative,
probably not very old.
made imitation of an A type bell. The 'Wang'
character is present but apparently was not recognized by the
maker. The shape is like a rough sphere, with a square hoop.
Bought in 1976, in a curio shop in Amsterdam.
Dimensions: wide 2,9 cm., high 3 cm., side 2,7 cm., hoop 0,8 cm.
New bells, sold as souvenirs
New bell, dimensions:
wide 3,6 cm., high 3,3 cm., side 3,6 cm., hoop 0,8 cm. square
bell, probably type B, used by a medium from Tibet, now living in Kathmandu.
The bell is attached to a chain worn across the chest, together with
ordinary bells. Filmed during a demonstration of the medium in a film
documentary on shamanism produced by Columbine film, Copenhagen
chain with eight tiger bells type C and eight clapper bells, (acquired
type C bells (average):
wide 3,5 cm., high 2,9 cm., side 34,2 cm., hoop 0,8 cm. square
shoulder girdles and chains, with tiger bells, for sale in Kathmandu
antique shops (1990).
tiger bells, of type B size but with a different design.
A shaman's chain or
girdle with two large tiger bells and several ordinary bells.
tiger bells of the chain above.
these bells with one of the bells
from Chang Mai, Thailand.
in Kathmandu, 1990
For sale on
Potala World's website: a shaman's chain, with 13 type C tiger
of Tiger Bells, Nepal, 19th century. 37 " long (94 cm.). 16
bells. 13 in the shape of a stylized tiger head, hollow with a round
stone inside to produce the sound. Worn Chinese characters appear
on the top of the bell. Single bells are used as amulets from Siberia
and Mongolia, through Tibet, Nepal and India; it is unusual to find
so many of this quality on one chain. $ 350,-
Photographs: courtesy Potala World
end of 2010.
Leofsky sent us several pictures of a chain with tiger bells.
Unfortunately she has no further details.
The chain consists
of a number of key ring-like links with ten tiger bells.
The tiger bells are
of a variation of the A type that I have not seen before in Nepal.
Photographs: courtesy Dorothy Leofsky
The chain is most likely
a shaman's breast chain, from Nepal or, considering that the tiger
bells are not typically Nepalese, Tibet. Compare this bell with the
tiger bells seen in Singapore.
by Dorothy Leofsky, February 2011
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