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Bell-shaped pendants
AF. 1978
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Azerbaijani smiths were skilful masters both at decorative design of weapons and metal production. Manufactured with particular skill and elegance this pendant is a valuable sample of metalworking and casting in the Caucasian Albania (the State that existed on the territory of North Azerbaijan in the reviewed period).

History of the Object
Metalworking was known in Azerbaijan from ancient times and it is notable for its variety and volumes of production. It combined iron and copper work, jeweler’s art and armaments production. Widely spread and developed was the manufacture of everyday articles, especially bronze wall decorations.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze; crafting technique - casting, cutting, bending and fusing 
Measurements
the length of a bell – 6 cm, the length of a chain – 49 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Azerbaijan 
Geography
Azerbaijan 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 1st century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE- 1st Century BCE; Antique period 
Function
It was used as wall decoration. These kinds of decorations were exploited to protect people against evil spirits. Mostly, they were hung over the doors - it was believed that the ringing of handbells drives away evil spirits. 
Acquisition
It was discovered during archaeological excavations in Mollaisagly (Ismayilli region) in 2002 by Fazil Osmanov. It was an accidental discovery. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
The National Museum of History of Azerbaijan. 
Museum
ANAS National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan 
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