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Luan Bell
Source: Henan Museum Edit: acf Time: 2021.01.08 09:21:48


Measurements: Height 19.4 cm, mouth width 3.3 cm, mouth length 5 cm, external width: 11.4 cm
Period: Late Western Zhou (877--771 BCE)

Provenance: Unearthed from the Guo state cemetery, Sanmenxia, Henan province, 1990

Luan bell is the bronze upright bell on the chariot in ancient China, its position is presumably on the Heng (the horizontal drawbar). Apart from a few unique types, Luan bell comprises of three parts: lingqiu (ball-shaped bell), the neck, and the pedestal.


The pre-Qin Luan bells, on the one hand, served as an alarming of the coming of the chariot, on the other hand, a symbol of the rider’s status.