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Temple bell
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Traditional bell from a Hindu temple cast in bronze in Nepal in 1969. The object has great artistic and historical value. The surface of the bell is decorated by an inscription written in “devanagarii”, with the meaning: "This bell was dedicated to the memory of the late Bishnu Bahadur Manandhar. By eldest Mu Parbati Kumari and youngest Mu Nanda Kumari, daughter of Bhoj Kumar Manandhar, Bikram Samvat 2024 Mahashivaratri” (1969 in the Gregorian calendar).

History of the Object
The history of the bell from its origin to 1982 is unknown. In 1982 the bell was given to Andrzej Wawrzyniak by Moti Lal Dugara, Director of the Nepalese firm “Dugar Brothers”. The freestanding arcade on which the bell is hanging is made of rose-coloured sandstone. According to Krzysztof Lesiak, then an employee of the Asia and Pacific, it was made in Poland in 1987. The hole was placed in the garden next to the building of the head office of the Museum in the autumn of 1987.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Bronze; cast iron 
Measurements
bell: height 60 cm, 36 cm in diameter, sandstone construction: height 160 cm, width 135 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Nepal; Kathmandu 
Geography
Nepal 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; bell: 1969; Bikram Samwat Year 2024, sandstone construction 1987 
Function
Bell from a Hindu temple. Nowadays it is placed in the garden next to the building of the head office of the Asia and Pacific Museum. The bell is hanging on an arcade made of sandstone, reminding one of the gate of a Hindu temple. 
Acquisition
In 1982, the bell was given by Moti Lal Dugara, Director of the Nepalese firm "Dugar Brothers” to Andrzej Wawrzyniak who, at that time, was Charge d’Affaires at the Polish Embassy in Nepal. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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