J.J. Lally & Co. Present "Archaic Bronzes: The Collection of Daniel Shapiro"
From J.J. Lally & Co., 41 East 57th Street, an ancient Chinese bronze bell (nao) is particularly noteworthy in their exhibition, "Archaic Bronzes: The Collection of Daniel Shapiro." This very rare and boldly cast clapper-less bell dates from the 11th or 10th century B.C., the time of the late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty. Scholars speculate that bells of this sort, standing almost a foot and a half tall and rung with a mallet, were used in nature worship, or perhaps to sound an alarm in an emergency or to signal troops in a military campaign. A second exhibition, titled "Ancient Chinese Sculpture: Recent Acquisitions" will also be on view.