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Bell
Room 20



Forge work

Anonymous

Bell

Catalonia
11th - 12th century
Iron beaten and welded by forging
43.5 x 33 x 20 cm
From the 'comarca' of El Pallars
MEV 3779

A bell with a conical body, oval in section, made of sheets of iron beaten and welded, and topped by a semicircular handle and a hook. Four vertical ribs mark the points where the sheets were welded together and, at the same time, reinforce its structure. Although it has traditionally been defined as a bell, both the morphology and the manufacturing process rather suggest it is a cowbell. The Museum conserves another similar bell, of a marked quadrangular shape (MEV 8646).


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