Here's a solid sterling silver bell like no other...as much 'art' as it is functional.
This Peruvian handwrought bell weighs a very hefty 7.95 ounces (225 grams)and is chased all around the geometric stepped sides. The design reflects Peru's Inca, pre-Columbian and Spanish influences.
The figure on top seems to be a stylized version of Tumi who is Peru's national symbol. He was used by sun worshiping cultures such as Inca and pre-Inca cultures that flourished in ancient Peru. The front and back are deeply chased with warriors...maybe Spanish conquerors.
The bell has thick sides, a solid clapper that has good resonance, and is hallmarked on the inside. The hallmarks include 925 (sterling grade), A(?)H. L. for artist's initials, more initials that are hard to make out, and PERU.
The bell measures 3 7/8 inches high. The bottom opening is 1 3/4 by 2 3/4 inches. We've left the bell unpolished as the original aged patina is beautiful just as it is.
The detail work is very exceptional. This is a unique, museum-quality piece, made circa 1950s.