Ancient bronze bell found in Hung Yen province

A bronze bell that could date back as far as the 11th century has been found by a farmer on a field in the northern province of Hung Yen’s An Thi district.

 Ancient bronze bell found in Hung Yen province

According to provincial culture authorities, the bronze may have been cast during the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) or Tran Dynasty (1225-1400).

The bell measures 102 centimetres tall and 60 centimetres in diameter. Its crown is engraved with two bo lao, a mythical beast similar to the dragon.

The body of the bell is also decorated with delicate characters, patterns and other features.

The bell is currently stored at a nearby Buddhist temple, awaiting further research from experts.


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