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The Qin state was named because the people of its homeland were called the Qin. 
The Qin's strength had been consolidated by Lord Shang Yang during the Warring States Period, in the 4th century BCE. In the early third century BCE, the Qin accomplished a series of swift conquests; the state subjugated the Chu, remnants of the Zhou Dynasty, and various other states to gain undisputed control of China.
Amulette Qin Dynasty
Ancient ROMAN BELL artifact - antique old music billon

Original bronze

I bought it from as an authentic ancient Roman silver billon (bronze/silver mix) bell dated 0-300 AD (more than 1700 years old). This bell has a fabulous design with engraved lines and beautiful patina. It is broken and missing its clapper but is in good condition. Measures 40mm in length. Found Liguria, Italy [Genova]. Ancient soldiers would bury their valuable treasures before a big battle hoping to return later. The items they didn't bury were often lost on the battlefield. Unfortunately many soldiers were slaughtered, but they left behind many treasures for modern man to find.
Ancient roman bell
Antique Chinese signet, this triple bell ring symbolizes the union of the three kingdoms first Chinese empire in 212
aprox. III to II century B.C.
(.5x.5 inch) bronze ring, Size 8
Qin Shi Huang (260-210 BC), personal name Ying Zheng, was the King of the state of Qin (246-221 BC) who conquered all other Warring States and united China in 221 BC.
antique Chinese signet
Iron bell from China, aprox. 1200 a.D.
H: 98 mm
Antique dragon bell
bronze bell
origin: India, Chola period (880-1279), late 10th - early 11th century
Apsaras are supernatural beautiful girls: they appear as young women of great beauty and elegance who are proficient in the art of dancing. They are the wives of the Gandharvas, court servants of Indra. They dance to the music made by their husbands, usually in the palaces of the gods, and entertain gods and fallen heroes. In their assignment as caretakers of fallen heroes, they may be compared to the valkyries of Norse mythology. Apsaras are said to be able to change their shapes at will, and specially rule over the fortunes of gaming and gambling. Urvasi, Menaka, Rambha and Tilottama are the most famous among them. Apsaras are sometimes compared to the muses of ancient Greece, with each of the 26 Apsaras at Indra's court representing a distinct aspect of the performing arts. Apsaras are associated with water; thus, they may be compared to the nymphs, dryads and naiads of ancient Greece. They are also associated with fertility rites. In Hinduism, the lower Apsaras are sometimes regarded as nature spirits who may lure men to their deaths; in this respect they may be compared to the Slavic Rusalki or the Greek sirens.
Apsara Statue Bell
Beautiful Old Arabian man ring.
The ring was worn by drivers of caravans on the roads crossing North Africa to the Middle East.
Bronze was the symbol of durability and power.

Region of Origin: Middle East, North Africa
Primary Material: Bronze
Age: 1.200 - 1.400 A.D.
Arabian man ring
A bronze bell cast in Armenia during XIV,th century, during the reign of Levon VI Lusinian (1374-1375), the last king of Cilicia.
Armenian Bell
This copper bell is cast with a thin coiled, hollow design in a beehive form, cut open, and mounted with edging and design emblems of swirling circles with undulating tails, a spiral pattern bell.
2" long and a nice sound.
Cast 13th century, the city of Tenochtitlan.
Aztec cooper spiral bell
mask bell pendant with pendant earrings depicting a monkey head
Aztec/Mixtec Huitzo, Mexico - aprox. 12,th to 13,th century A.D.

This is a very nice hand made copper button/bell.  
It has a metal ball inside that makes it jingle
18 mm diameter
Material: Copper
Aztec monkey bell
Ancient Bronze Bell cast in Bactrian area around 2000 - 1700 BC.

The bell was found in the Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex (also known as the "Oxus civilization"), the modern archaeological designation for a Bronze Age culture of Central Asia, dated to c. 2200–1700 BC, located in present-day eastern Turkmenistan, northern Afghanistan, southern Uzbekistan and western Tajikistan, centred on the upper Amu Darya (Oxus River), an area covering ancient Bactria.
Bactrian bell
Bell with her double portrait of Buddha in meditation under the tree and effigy.
- Size: h = 4.5 cm
- Origin: Indochina
- Provenance: Antiquarian
- Cast date: sec. XIV - XVI a.D.
Buddha's meditation tree bell
Bronze bell cast arround the date of the Second Council of Nicaea met in 787
Bell high = 27 mm, [38mm total,  38mm dimeter at base], with a very nice patina, no clapper.
Byzantine bell
Black Sea area. Cast circa 500-400 BC. Ancient Celtic bronze bell Proto Money.
Rare example of the wide variety of Celtic bronze Proto-Money, used as currency before the introduction of the coins in the Eastern Danube region and the Black sea area by the Eastern Celts.
Beautiful patina.
Length: 22 mm.
Origin: aquisition from Ancient Caesar House US - 2009
Celtic Bronze Bell Proto Money period
Clopoţei de bronz turnaţi de celţii dunăreni în sec. III - II BC

În decursul ultimelor cinci secole î.Hr. celții s-au răspândit în toată Europa Centrală. Astfel, există urme arheologice de așezări celte din secolul al III-lea î.Hr. și în spațiul carpato-dunărean, de exemplu în România, în Transilvania la Fântânele, Oradea, Ciumești, Silivaș, Apahida.

Two bronze bells poured by the Danube Celts in 300 to 200 BC (uncleaned)

During the last five centuries BC Celts have spread throughout Central Europe. Thus, there are archaeological traces of Celtic settlements from the third century BC and in the Carpatho-Danubian space, for example in Romania, in Transylvania at Fântânele, Oradea, Ciumeşti, Silivaş, Apahida.
Celtic bronze bells
Ancient bronze bell with ornate embossed and circle design around bell.
Origin: China Sui Dinasty
Cast: VI to VIII century a.D.
68mm tall, approx 52mm max. diameter, nice unusual item green tinge to bell
Spiral and floral reliefs.
China ancient bell
Mărturia Kassites – Lorestân [mileniul III î.e.n.]
A fost Mesopotamia leagănul civilizaţiei? Controversele persistă.
Clopoţelul meu din Munţii Zagros îşi strigă mut obârşia, dar şi chemarea:
"Hei! Voi, cei de astăzi! Ce şi cum aţi fi fost fără noi?"
Coroana clopoţeilor mei antici, o piesă de pe vremea când lumea punea temelia viitorului pe care îl trăim noi …
Clopoot Kassites – Lorestân
I believe it is cast iron but it could be another cast metal. Measures 140 mm tall.   
It is a very odd little bell with the dinger on the outside.  
The construction looks to be old, aprox 2,nd century a.D.
Another one like this was find in Pompeii, gold cast. 
I suspect it is so the bell can be used as a candle snuffer.  
It looks like it may have been used for that purpose.  
The handle appears to be a crane.
Crane Bell Candle Snuffer
A very old one antique crotal from Cyprus;
Weight : 86.1gr
Size : 35mm diam
origin Cyprus
The bell was found on the territory of ancient Paphos, know as Augusta Claudia Flavia Paphos, Cyprus chapital and it was cast in the first century B.C.

Antique bronze crotal from Cyprus - Pre Roman Empire period

I'm glad to share with you a wonderfull news: I won a new auction!
The matter is a new pcs in my bells collection, but a very old one antique crotal from Cyprus, cast in bronze during Pre Roman empire in the first century B.C.

Few words about those times and place:
In the Roman inland lake, which the Mediterranean had become, Cyprus had little strategic significance. In 22 B.C. after the general consolidation in the east, Cyprus exchanged its status from an [imperial]- i.e. under the direct administration of Augustus (Octavian) and under military occupation- to a [senatorial] province. Separated from Cilicia in 27 B.C., Cyprus was ruled by a pro-consul as civil governor. Its capital was still Paphos, -Augusta Claudia Flavia Paphos-, which had steadily grown in importance since the Ptolemies as a political and religious centre and, as a result of the silting-up of the harbour of Salamis, one of the major ports. Paphos, Amathus, Salamis, and Lapethos each formed and administrative region. With municipal autonomy, elected officials and a considerable degree of independence in religious and cultural matters, the island enjoyed greater freedom than under Egyptian rule. The -Koinon- of the different cities, which was still chiefly an institution for the advance of the cult of the Emperor and for the organization of games, like the Roman senate, had the right to issue bronze coinage.
Cyprus bronze crotal - Pre - Roman Empire period
A bronze bell cast in Dacia Romana (2,nd to 3,rd century C.e.).

Diameter - 30 / 26 mm;
Height - 49 mm;
Weight - 32,12 grams.

Aquired by an eBay auction from Germany.
Dacia Romana bronze bell
Iron bell cast in proto-money time.
Such bells was used as proto-money during 8th to 4,th century B.C.
Found in central Austria.

Diameter - 38 / 30;
Height - 52 mm;
Weight - 40,18 g;
Danube Celts iron bell
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