Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Cymbals bells or chimes?

In Asian > Show & Tell and Musical Instruments > Show & Tell.
Asian Antiques1597 of 10411Japanese Calligraphy Water Pot (Suiteki) by KyukyodoJapanese Berry Bowl set
8
Love it
0
Like it

NewfldNewfld loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
blunderbuss2blunderbuss2 loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
Cokeman1959Cokeman1959 loves this.
AnythingObscureAnythingObscure loves this.
kwqdkwqd loves this.
MALKEYMALKEY loves this.
See 6 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.


    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate


    Posted 4 years ago

    Malatero2
    (52 items)

    They are some kind of bell or chime I think. They are about as big around as a soup can lid but ring loud and sharp. Any Ideas?

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    logo
    Asian Antiques
    See all
    Antique Chinese carved jade plaque set in 18ct gold, 18th century, Qing Dynasty.
    Antique Chinese carved jade plaque ...
    $150
    Antique Chinese carved jade & coral Bi plaque, 19th century, Qing Dynasty. RARE.
    Antique Chinese carved jade & coral...
    $110
    Chinese Antique Carved Wood Openwork Cover for Vase or Jar - Superb Qing c19th
    Chinese Antique Carved Wood Openwor...
    $38
    Antique Chinese imperial gold silk roundel, dragons, 18th century, Qing Dynasty.
    Antique Chinese imperial gold silk ...
    $33
    logo
    Antique Chinese carved jade plaque set in 18ct gold, 18th century, Qing Dynasty.
    Antique Chinese carved jade plaque ...
    $150
    See all

    Comments

    1. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 4 years ago
      These are tingsha, namely, Tibetan hand cymbals that are used in certain prayers and meditations in Vajrayana ("Tibetan Buddhism"). See the link below to the Wikipedia piece.

      These became popular more generally in New Age circles in the nineteen-nineties and onwards. Traditionally speaking, though, a Buddhist meditator would use tingsha primarily when making an offering, not just as a meditation gong or as a pretty sound. But there is no doubt that they make a very pure, penetrating tone when struck (if they're nice ones).

      The Tibetan letters on the underside of yours are the sacred syllables OM AH HUM - the three syllables representing the enlightened body, speech and mind of a Buddha.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tingsha
    2. Malatero2 Malatero2, 4 years ago
      Thank you so much rhineisfine. I knew they were special when I heard their chime as I picked them up, they struck each other and they resonated for what seemed liked an eternity. Thank you again
    3. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 4 years ago
      You are most welcome!

      P.S. I prefer the simplicity of this style to the ones with raised designs or other decoration. These are very elegant :)

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.