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Western Zhou Dynasty
Official's Bell
师丞钟   乐器

This bell or chime was made during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 771 BC) and was found at a dig in Qiangjia Village, Fufeng County in 1974. Although it is bell shaped, it is played by striking it like a chime. There is no internal clapper. The inscription 师丞 indicates that the bell was made for a scholar official. (shī) means teacher, master, expert, and means (chéng) an assistant to an official in ancient China.

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