bells in South Asia
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Apart from the type
B tiger bells, attached to yak belts as seen in the
Tibetan Refugee market in New Delhi and the belt given below,
there is only one report: a tiger bell of the smaller type
However according to
several shop owners and antique dealers in Nepal,
tiger bells of the C type are produced
until this very day in factories in Dehra Dunn (Uttar Pradesh, near
the border with Himachal Pradesh) and Rajpur, for the Tibetan and
an unusual variation of type A tiger
bells is reported..
tiger bell of the smaller type B, in a shop in Mahabalipuram (1990,
Tamil nadu), now in the author's collection. No details were known
and there are no other indications that tiger bells occur in this
Dimensions: wide 3,4 cm., high 3,4 cm., side 3,2 cm., hoop 1
Several strands of small metal sequins, strung as necklaces, with
two or three tiger bells and ordinary bells. The strands have probably
been restrung for trading purposes. Originally they were much longer
and were worn by Naga women around the upper body. The tiger bells
are of an unusual type. Type A comes closest. Age and origin are unknown.
Reported by Rinus van Huijksloot who has several of these strands
in his shop, the Nusantara Museum shop in Delft (Neth). Also
see several photographs in The Nagas, hill people of Northeast
India by Julian Jacobs, published by Thames and Hudson.
Hans Brandeis, ethnomusicologist
in Berlin, reports:
the tiger bells in 1997 inside a glass cabinet in the basement
of the Museum für Völkerkunde. I could not take them
out. But the objects in that cabinet were from India. I could
see the archive number: 103.315.
The tiger bells
were mounted on a leather strip, probably about 10 pieces, of
which 8 bells are visible in the picture
yak or horse belt, similar to those in the Tibetan
Refugee market in New Delhi.
Photograph: courtesy Hans Brandeis
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