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Bell

Object Number: 
1940.672
Date: 
ca.1646
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 x 12 in. ( 40.6 x 30.5 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: "AVE MARIA ES DESAN IVAN"
Description: 
Cast brass bell with loop at top with three piercings; bell is banded and has inscriptions made from applied square sheet-metal plates with letters and foliate decoration; applied sheet-metal cross on one side, and applied sheet-metal square with cross on hill on other.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, the history of this bell is unknown, except that it once hung in Pelham Priory, a girls school run by the Boltons (possibly Sarah Knowles Bolton) during the 19th century at Pelham, Westchester County, N.Y. The donor attended this school. The translation of the inscription is as follows: "Hail Mary from the highest/ and her son and the spirit."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group