It is rare to find a Kangxi bell of this type, which is close in form and decoration to bells made during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Compare a closely related bell with an inscription dating it to 1532 illustrated in Sheila Riddell, Dated Chinese Antiquities 600-1650, London, 1979, pl. 125, together with one of a similar form but decorated with archaistic animals and with an inscription dating it to 1499, pl. 124; and another with stylised characters sold in out Hong Kong rooms, 14th November 1990, lot 420.
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