A large inscribed bronze temple bell, Dated Tianqi bingyin year, corresponding to 1626 | 明天啟丙寅年（1626年） 銅交龍鈕鐘
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A large inscribed bronze temple bell
Dated Tianqi bingyin year, corresponding to 1626
cast around the lower body with two inscriptions reading Tianqi bingyin nian mengqiu jiri dan (on the first day of the seventh month of the bingyin year of Tianqi) and Shanghai xian ershi baolongwangmiao dizi Lu Ziqing zhi (disciple Lu Ziqing commissioned [this bell] for the Dragon King Temples at the twentieth bao in the Shanghai county)
皇圖永固 帝道遐昌 道日增輝 法輪常轉
Height 14⅞ in., 38 cm
There are two cracks both measuring approx. 6 cm that have been filled and restored. The surface of the bell has extensive oxidation. There are small minor chips and losses to the finial. Overall with other minor wear and bruises to the surface, consistent with age and use.
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Christie's New York, 16th September 1998, lot 263.