Posted 8 years ago
The object is about 20 centimeters high of a solid and heavy material (possibly brass?).
It is engraved by hand with several lotus (?) decorations, and something that seems to represent a story with a dragon in a band around the middle.
The inside (not pictured) is simply hollow and smooth, with only markings of tools that seemed to be used to shape it.
As visible on the first picture, some of the feet seem to have horizontal deep notches / damage.
It's been in my grandma's family for as long as she can recall (she turned 82 last week). It was used as a decorative item on the windowsill of the room she shared with her sisters in the Netherlands, and with her ever since.
I always used to think it was some kind of bell, but now that I know that the inside does not have any signs that something could be attached, I have no clue.