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David's Star with bells - Spain, 13th to 16th century

The same symbol has been assumed in different cultures with meanings sometimes close, sometimes totally different.
The hexagram – composed of two overlapping or interlaced triangles – could represent a duality or an opposition. Thus, she symbolized fire/water, masculine/feminine, good/evil, macrocosm=God vs. microcosm=humanity (Terra) or more abstractly, harmony and peace.

Even if in the public consciousness this symbol currently seems primarily associated with Hebrew culture, it has coexisted throughout the millennia in all great cultures.
Here are two photos that I hope clarify:
- Star of David (with bells decorated with Arabic symbols) – enamel piece, c. 13-15, Spain;
David's Star
Vintage bronze bell, 5.25" high from Japan

DŌTAKU (銅鐸) are Japanese bells smelted from relatively thin bronze and richly decorated. 
Dotaku were used for about 400 years, between the second century B.C. and the second century C.E. (corresponding to the end of the Yayoi era), and were nearly only used as decorations for rituals. They were richly decorated with patterns representing nature and animals, among which the dragonfly, praying mantis and spider are featured. 
Historians believe that DŌTAKU were used to pray for good harvests, as the animals featured are natural enemies of insect pests that attack paddy fields.
(cf. Wikipedia)
Bell used in agricultural ceremonies. in India
Enjoy bell
The four apostles bell is cast from bronze for religious service in altars in Christian churches.
The names are Lvcas, Johannes, Matthevs and Marcvs.
It is the gift of my friends Monica and Oana on the occasion of the 2017 revival after 20 years of delay ...
Four Apostles bell (new)
The four apostles bell is cast from bronze for religious service in altars in Christian churches.
The names are Lvcas, Johannes, Matthevs and Marcvs.
Four Apostles bell (old)
Ganesha [Ganapati, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar]
Bronze bell, India,
Sizes: L X B X W = 2.0" X 1.0" X 1.0" Inches
Weight: 55 Grams

Ganesha apare ca o zeitate distinctă a panteonului hindus în forma cunoscută în secolele 4–5 en, în timpul perioadei Gupta, deși există și mărturii vedice și prevedice.

Ganesha cunoaște o așa de mare amploare este și pentru că este considerat Domn al planului fizic (Muladhara), cel care printre altele ofera bunăstare sau bogăție materială,

Ganesha este în mod special cunoscut și venerat ca:
- Cel care îndepartează obstacolele;
- Domn al Începuturilor și Domn al Obstacolelor
- Patron al artelor și științelor;
- Zeu al intelectului și întelepciunii.
- Este invocat și onorat la începutul ritualurilor și ceremoniilor ca Patron al Literelor.

Ganesha [Ganapati, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar]
Bronze bell, India,
Sizes: L X B X W = 2.0 "X 1.0" X 1.0 "Inches
Weight: 55 grams

Ganesha appears as a distinct deity of the Hindu Pantheon in the form known in the 4th-5th centuries BC, during the Gupta period, although there are Vedic testimonies and precepts.

Ganesha knows such a great deal is because he is considered Lord of the physical plane (Muladhara), one that, among other things, offers wealth or wealth.

Ganesha is especially known and venerated as:
- The one who removes the obstacles;
- Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles
- Patron of Arts and Sciences;
- God of intellect and wisdom.
- It is invoked and honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies as Letter Patrons.
Ganesha bell
Hindu FOLK ART bell crudely cast antique depicting GARUDA, the mount of one of the hinduism's premier goods, Vishnu. 
Those mountain is in Nepal, Kathmandu Valley
In hindu mithology, Garuda was a half man, half bird creature. Garuda is one of the three principal animal deities in the Hindu Mythology, the other two being Ganesha (the elephant-headed god), and Hanuman (the monkey god).
Origin: Nepal
Measures 5 1/2" tall.
Hanuman - bronze ceremonial bell from Tibet.
A gift from Nusia, 2019 Spring time.
Hanuman 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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