This alternative bell is reported in four countries:
China, from the Qing dynastie, 19th century.
Korea, age unknown.United States of America
|This bell was bought in a curio shop in New York, USA|
|The design of these bells is so different from the classic tiger bells that it is just remotely inspired by the tiger's head or the tiger bell.|
NepalA roughly made imitation of an A type bell. The Wang character is present but apparently was not recognized by the maker. See also: Nepal
Tiger bells type B, on a Nepalese shaman's chain
The relief seems engraved or chiseled in the surface of the mold.
Tiger bell, type B, from Chang Mai, Thailand
Sarawak, China (?), Tibet (?)
These new bells are made in large numbers. The shape of the eye is unusual and the relief seems to be engraved in the surface. The face has whiskers and the Wang-character is transformed into wrinkles on the forehead. The country of origin is uncertain.
Two new tiger bells, dimensions: 34 mm x 25 mm;
origin: Tibet. Photograph: coutesy 3World
Country or region unknown.
Two tiger bells on a chain with a stylized lingam (fertility symbol). The nose of the bells is formed by two Chinese characters of which the meaning is still unclear. Dimensions of the bell unknown. Compare these bells with another example and with a bell from Thailand in prof. Ovidiu Oana's collection.
Above: Belly dancer bells, origin unknown
Right: Tiger bell as pendant, bell from Sarawak
The design is reduced to several criss-crossed lines with only the eyes recognisable.
Group: BuryatPart of a shaman's costume. The bells'design differs strongly from the classical tiger bell.
China(?)Internetshop www.etsy.com offers a strand of tiger bells. The size is 3,3 cm. and they are clearly brand new.
The position of the eyes and eyebrows (directly on the mouthline) is also seen on the bells tied to the Buryat ritual whip, mentioned above.
Report: December 2010
This is not a tiger bell but these bells occur
sometimes in combination with tiger bells
Photograph: courtesy 3Worlds
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