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Lekshmi Goddess Lucky bells

Size: 6"(14 cm) Total height.
Size of bells: 2"(5 cm) each.
Weight: 0.35 Kg approx.

She is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity (both material and spiritual). She is the wife and active energy of Lord Vishnu. Her four hands represent the four goals of human life considered important to the Hindu way of life – dharma, kāma, artha, andmoksha. 

Lekshmi Goddess - pandantiv norocos

Dimensiune: 6 "(14 cm) Înălțime totală.
Dimensiune clopotei: 2" (5 cm) fiecare.
Greutate: aprox. 350 g.

Lekshmi este zeița hindusă a bogăției, a norocului și a prosperității (materiale și spirituale). 
Ea este soția și energia activă a Lordului Vișnu. 
Cele patru mâini reprezintă cele patru scopuri ale vieții umane considerate importante pentru modul hindus de viață - dharma, kāma, artha, andmoksha.

Lekshmi Goddess
According to 14th-century legend, two mischievous creatures called imps were sent by Satan to do evil work on Earth. After causing mayhem elsewhere in Northern England the two imps headed to Lincoln Cathedral where they smashed tables and chairs and tripped up the Bishop. An angel appeared in the Angel Choir and ordered them to stop. One of the imps sat atop a stone pillar started throwing rocks at the angel whilst the other imp cowered under the broken tables and chairs. The angel turned the first imp to stone allowing the second imp to escape. The imp that turned to stone, the Lincoln Imp, can still be found, frozen in stone, sitting atop his stone column in the Angel Choir.

I am pleased to offer here a delightful bronze bell derived from this historic legend. This is a nicely preserved example with a dark patina, complete with its original handle and clapper, cast in 17,th or 18,th century.
The bell is 2-5/8" in diameter and stands 4" in height. It weighs nearly nine ounces!
Lincoln imp
India - Bell with lyra support
Lyra bell
Bronze Sanctus Bell Vintage "Obiater dei mei Otto mei"
Cast in Stockholm, Sweden
Style: renaissance - baroque epoche.
- 11 cm high and 392 gr weight.
Obiater dei mei Otto mei
Bells on patriarchal vestments, as described in the Old Testament (21 pcs)
Material: gold brass metal (copper and zinc alloy)
The size of bead caps: approximately 10.4mm (diameter) x 12mm (deep)
Color: gold, antique finish 

Exodus 28:33 
"And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about"

Exodus 39:25 
And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates; 
They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around on the hem of the robe, alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe for the service, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. (NASB) Ex. 39:25-26
Patriarchal vestments
​ Plagon or Kore
Bell shaped dolls inspired from archaic prototypes from Boeotia.
The plagon or glene or kore is an anthropomorphic female doll. The unique bell-shaped dolls by THETIS are inspired by 9th cent. BC archaic prototypes from Boeotia bearing similar painted decoration (some fine examples at the Louvre Museum).

The figure may be a goddess of animals, nature and life, whose first known representations date from the Bronze Age in Crete. Figures of this type were found in the graves of women and children from the 10th-8th centuries BC; they can symbolize the protective forces of nature, accompanying the deceased on their journey to the afterlife.

The original artifact is described at Musée du Louvre, (Bell idol from Thebes, 900 - 700 BC)
The technique, typology, and decoration of this figurine, known as a "bell idol", identify it as the work of Theban potters of the Late Geometric period, in ancient Boeotia. Although strictly an item of pottery, it is a rare example of figurative bells.
Tibetan prayer wheels

How and why is it used?
Prayer wheels are used by many Tibetans everyday, sometimes for hours on end. Worshippers turn prayer wheels to accumulate merit, to help all beings in the world and to purify their karma (intentional actions). They are part of a meditation practice. According to Lama Zopa, Rinpoche, “To benefit sentient beings, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifest in the prayer wheel to purify all our negative karmas and obscurations, and to cause us to actualize the realizations of the path to enlightenment.”
Turning a prayer wheel with millions of mantras inside is the equivalent of saying those millions of mantras, but it is achieved in a fraction of the time. Multiplication of benefit is also achieved by prayer wheels powered by wind and water. Whatever wind or water that touches the wheel will become blessed by the wheel and than can purify whatever else it touches of negative karma.
Prayer wheel
Bronze bell from Peru - South America, precolumbian period, aprox 1300 - 1400
Peru - The Cradle of Inca Civilization is an area in which live more than 350 species of birds and 150 species of reptiles, therefore their presence in the spiritual life of indigenous peoples is a significant one.

As religion, the supreme leader was undoubtedly the king, called "INCA" (son of the Sun god Inti). However, it was a very hierarchical society. Still choose the most noble men as priests, appointed hullac umac, which were the highest in rank. After they were and others who are subjected to the higher rank than them. The priests made sacrifices, prayed on behalf of the faithful, heard confessions of people and were responsible for certain rituals and ceremonies in honor of the gods.

A possible representation of the founders Manco Capac and his brothers as reptiles comes from the legend that the sons of heaven were sent to earth where they materialize coming out of the cave, or from a lake, both recognized as reptilian media par excellence.
Pre-Columbian lizard bell
This is an old bronze bell from Peru. (aprox. sec. XII-XIV)
The handle represent a primitive god (male).  
The bell is 3.75" high, `1.75" diameter.  
The bel is in excelent condition, nice patina, no cracks or chips, original clapper, great sound.
Primitive god Peru
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