Posted 4 years ago
These are quite well made. The chimes are baked enamel over brass inlay. This type of chime set has been around for millennia, as I have seen five chimes dug recently from an ancient site (All of the inlay was gone and they were definitely made from bronze). They were the same size and I could make out a lot of the similar symbolism. I believe that they are mystical. Some kind of "Spirit Chime" for "Divining" or contacting spirits or possible used in a Tarot or I Ching fashion. They do not "Chime" by wind~ They have chimed though, seemingly by themselves~ early in the wee hours of the morning, on the shelf beneath the ancient papyrus scroll, of Isis and Osiris, I have hanging above our dresser..
Nevertheless, I really know nothing about them. I am pretty sure they are Chinese. The wood rack is all exquisitely hand carved from an exotic hardwood that is red. The wood wrack is entirely hand hewn and carved. The flat pieces of wood are not cut but Hewn (roughly carved). I have to add another picture which depicts a European design on the ends.
Furthermore, I think that the petroglyph's on the chimes are all very different characters whereas some of are the same contain some kind of spell or mystical meaning.
These do not seem to be a "tourist Item".
Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.