The "Ovidiu Oana" private bell collection
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decorative cast iron Bell
Madeira - Dog bell
In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man or, as described by Roman poet Ovid, a being "part man and part bull".

The Minotaur dwelt at the center of the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus, on the command of King Minos of Crete. 

The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.

The term Minotaur derives from the Ancient Greek, a compound of the name (Minos) and the noun "bull", translated as "(the) Bull of Minos". In Crete, the Minotaur was known by its proper name, Asterion, a name shared with Minos' foster-father.

"Minotaur" was originally a proper noun in reference to this mythical figure. The use of "minotaur" as a common noun to refer to members of a generic species of bull-headed creatures developed much later, in 20th-century fantasy genre fiction. (cf. Wikipedia)

A hand made bell cast in Greece, I got it as gift from my dear daughter Cora in 2016.
Minotaur bell

On a fish bell
Brass bell from England, post 1940

Height: 4.5" (11.5 cms).
A very interesting totem from Brazil, venerating a symbol of evil
Piranha bell
a cast iron bell from Portugal, 2012
Portugal - Cock bell
a bronze bell having an albatross on top
Scotland - albatross bell
Bronze bell with support, red floral motifs painted
Thai elephant bell

Turtle Bell 1
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