Desert Bell

Desert Bell

$170.00 USD

This bell is made by Janmamad Luhar in the Kutchchi desert region of western India.  Janmamad employs an ancient technique of bell-making, passed on to him through generations. Janmamad’s brother and uncle, as well as the women in the family also participate in the making of these bells.  The bell is formed from sheets of recycled steel, beaten into shape by hand, then dipped in copper.  Women make a dough that they pat around the bell; which is then buried under the hot desert sand in a kiln.  The heat anneals the metals, welding it into bronze, giving each piece a unique patina.  After firing, each bell is individually hand-tuned using an age-old technique!  This is what truly makes each of these pieces unique!

Dimension:  approximately 15" height x 8" diameter