19TH C. TIBETAN BELL (GHANTA)
The ghanta is traditionally held in the left hand, while the dorje (thunderbolt) is held in the right during religious ceremonies. Note the little row of dorjes at the bottom of the bell. I am estimating the age - it could be older, but I doubt it is much younger. The patination clearly has some age. It has the original clapper, and produces a low pleasing tone. It stands 7 inches high. A nice decorative piece, but a legitimate antique; made for religious use and not for the tourists.