bells in South Asia
are mainly of the B type, one type
A tiger bell and two tiger bells
type C are reported.
One bell type C,
similar to those found in Nepal; on
the catalogue card the country of origin, 'Tibet', is followed
by a question mark
Ethnological Museum, collected in 1948.
unknown, probably common
One type A tiger bell, probably used for dogs.
Leyden Ethnological Museum, procured in 1957.
yak belts with type B tiger bells
were sold at the Tibetan Refugee market in New Delhi in the late
seventies and early eighties. Belts such as these are in the Rotterdam
Ethnological Museum and in the author's collection.
Yak belt, Rotterdam Ethnological Museum
Yak belt with eight
bells (two missing), bought in New Delhi, at the
Tibetan Refugee market, 1975 (author's collection)
B bell, on the yak belt above
Dimensions: wide 4,5 cm. high 4,1 cm. side 5 cm. hoop 1,6 cm. rectangular
small type A tiger bell, silver plated, on a silver prayer mill.
Photographed in an antique shop in Singapore.
tiger bells, one type B (left) and one type C (right), bought in
Lhasa in 2008.
Type B (left): diameter front: 4 cm.; side: 4,5 cm.
Type C (right): diameter front: 3,8 cm.; side: 4,7 cm.
by Toos Suyker and Jan Verdiessen; the bells were donated
to them by I. van der Meulen, who visited Lhasa in 2008.
alternative tiger bells, dimensions: 34 mm x 25 mm. No further
Compare these bells
with the bells from Malaysia.
of the Nonsuch
Gallery in England reports:
I have a shaman's
tiger bell chain necklace which you may be interested to see,
purchased from a Katmandu antiques dealer in the late 1980s.
On the website we find
the following photograph and description:
chain] was purchased from a Tibetan antiques dealer in Katmandu
in the late 1980's. This shamans bell necklace measures
approximately 100 cm (39 inches) end to end, and features 17 bells;
12 of which are wonderfully detailed bronze tiger bells and 4
small brass shrine bells plus a tiny bronze charm bell. The tiger
bells on this chain have an average diameter of 4½ cm with
a larger one in the middle. All the bells are strung out at intervals
along a handmade iron chain that is attached at both ends to a
handmade iron bow-shaped hand grip measuring 8 cm. An unusual
tasseled leather, or snakeskin, amulet or pouch, decorated on
one side with 4 cowrie shells, is attached to the iron hand grip
is more or less similar to the chain
from Nepal, except for the pendant which seems to be a metal
hanger with a small piece of leather decorated with four cowry shells.
The chain is used by shamans. The tiger bells are of the C type,
that occurs mainly in the Himalaya area (see also: Bhutan,
Tibet and Nepal). The other bells are conical
Tibetan market (source: unknown). The horses have harnesses
with probably type B tiger bells.
E-bay, seller ArtisticJade from China offers this tiger
bell. No details are given except that ArtisticJade has a stock
of seven of these bells, and has sold already sold 30. The bell
is described ais:
Bronze Tiger face Bell Wish happiness & longevity Tibet
is the thick relief of the design on the surface of the tiger bell.
The relatively large number of this type of tiger bells that is already
sold and still available could indicate that these are new bells;
however there is a patina on the surface that could indicate a certain
on E-bay in July 2014
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