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African pendants used as jewels
African pendants
Ancle bells for dance and - or rituals
Ancle bells
Lot of four animals bells.

Bronze, all cast in south-east Asia.
Asian bells
It is used in Germany, the Burghausen area to identify flocks of household geese.

12 mm diameter and a pleasant sound.

A gift from my beloved daughter, Cora - Cosmina.
Bell for geese
An old spherical bell cast in North Romania area - Bucovina.

It is a gift from my brother in June 2013
Bucovina crotal
Chrismas postcard with bell
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

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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 crotal
Big bronze bell cast in India.

13 cm tall
Elephant bel - Big
Fulani population:

LOCATION: From the western part of West Africa (Senegambia) to Chad in the east (some groups reaching as far as the Nile river in the countries of Sudan and Ethiopia); largest concentrations in Nigeria, Senegal, and Guinea

POPULATION: More than 6 million

LANGUAGE: Fulfulde; Arabic; French; English


The history of the Fulani seems to begin with the Berber people of North Africa around the 8th or 11th century AD. As the Berbers migrated down from North Africa and mixed with the peoples in the Senegal region of West Africa the Fulani people came into existence. Over a thousand year period from AD 900 - 1000, they spread out over most of West Africa and even into some areas of Central Africa. Some groups of Fulani have been found as far as the western borders of Ethiopia. As they migrated eastward they came into contact with different African tribes. As they encountered these other peoples, they conquered the less powerful tribes. Along the way many Fulani completely or partially abandoned their traditional nomadic life in favor of a sedentary existence in towns or on farms among the conquered peoples. The nomadic Fulani continued eastward in search of the best grazing land for their cattle. Their lives revolved around and were dedicated to their herds. The more cattle a man owned, the more respect he was given. Today, some estimate as many as 18 million Fulani people stretch across the countries of West Africa. They remain to be the largest group of nomadic people in the world.

This 8 spherical bells are bronz hand made in a spiral technique.

Its looks very old and according to experts, tha Fula populations use such bells from long, long time.

My bells are from 16,th to 17,th century
Fulani bells
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