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Tiger bells in Southwest Asia


Pakistan

Tiger bells are of the A type.


Photograph: courtesy Elisabeth den Otter, Tropen Museum Amsterdam

Region: Campbellpore district (Northeast Pakistan)
Five tiger bells, on a set of two wooden anklets. Two tiger bells and two ordinary bells on one anklet, three tiger bells and two small ordinary bells on the other. The anklets were used by men during dances performed during wedding ceremonies.
Bells are of the A type but roughly made (similar to some examples from Afghanistan and East Kalimantan (Indonesia).

Collection Tropen Museum, Amsterdam (Neth.), procured in 1965.


Region: unknown
On E-bay, the site of www.annarbornazarene.org, one tiger bell type A.

Description:

Bronze tiger bell circa 1600-1700 AD from Pakistan. The bell is in fine condition 100% authentic, no restoration.

Views from both sides
Photographs: courtesy annarbornazarene.org


On E-bay, offers from various sellers: in total 7 tiger bells, from the 17th and 18th century. The diameter of the bells is appr. 3,5 cm. No more details are available. Of each bell four views are given; the last bell has three views. This small group shows clearly that all tiger bells are different, a result of the lost wax process. Also very well visible are the various stages of wear, depending on how the bells were used.
Offered by seller ko240345, based in Thailand; said to be from appr. 1800.
 
Offered by seller sa2010*10, in Singapore; said to be from appr. 1700.
 
Offered by seller ko240345, based in Thailand; said to be from appr. 1800.
 
Offered by seller ko240345, based in Thailand; said to be from appr. 1800.
 
Offered by seller ko240345, based in Thailand; said to be from appr. 1800.
 
Offered by seller ko240345, based in Thailand; said to be from appr. 1800.
 
No information is given about the bells. However the fact that a relatively large amount of these tiger bells is made available indicates that they are not at all rare in Pakistan
Offered by seller ko240345, based in Thailand; said to be from appr. 1800.

Seen on E-bay in July 2014

For notes on the arrival of tiger bells in Afghanistan, northeast Pakistan and Turkey please go to the paragraph on Malang, Sufi's and Mistics and the paragraph on the Hazara on the
Afghanistan page.


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