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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
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
A very old and unique bronze bell, cast in The Assyrian Kingdom, during Early Bronze Age or millenium II B.C. 
Total H: 50 mm, bell is 40 mm tall and 32 mm diameter at base.
find with an internal clapper, non attached.
Assyrian 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 Bell Proto Money
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.

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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 a pear shape 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 pear bell
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
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 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 bell

David's Star
Iron bell from China, aprox. 1200 a.D.
H: 98 mm
Dragon bell
Name :      - Laran's Helmet bell.

Origin:       - Cyprus.
Acquired:    - Gift from Dr. Popovici Florin.

Laran was the etruscan god of war. In art, he was portrayed as a naked young man with a helmet and a spear. Laran's consort was Turan - The goddess of love.

Etruscan civilization is the modern English name given to the culture and way of life of a people of ancient Italy and Corsica whom the ancient Romans called Etrusci or Tusci.
Period: 1200 BC to 550 BC
Etruscan Helmet bell
Hindu Evolution bell of caste bronze containing an incised pattern with flowers.
The two side figures represents eighter the wind god Vayu and the monkey nimph Anjana - parents of the monkey god Hanuman (or Vayu and Anjana before and after being turned into a monkey).
Very old originated piece (early 11,th century)
Bid purchase.
H: 18,3 cm, diam.: 5,4 cm
Hindu Evolution bell
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