A cast bronze sphericle bell, with openwork sides and the shape resembling a pomegranate, a center band with button decoration and a tripod decorative element on the base. The bell contains two bronze balls. A custom lucite stand holds the bell from its own suspension lug on the top. It is intact with a nice blue-green patina with some encrustation.
Luristan bronzes were crafted in the western section of what is now Iran, from the 12th to the 8th centuries B.C. Musical instruments of any kind are quite rare, it being much more common to find artifacts of horse trappings and harness ornaments, jewelry and household articles.INS-09770$1,200