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Bell, Metal-are symbols of power. In African music, bells are recognized as having one of the most resonant and penetrating sounds. They are the master of time, marking the rhythm and maintaining the beat for singing, as well as drumming and dancing. Their voice raises above all the other instrumental sounds, much the same as the king rules over of his subject people. Thus, bells are considered the voice of authority and are an attribute and emblem of power.
Ashanti Figural Bell
Ashanti
Ghana
Bamoun Altar Bell - Crane
Bamoun
Cameroon - Royal Palace, Foumban
Bamoun Altar Bell - Small Bird Figural
Bamoun
Cameroon Grasslands
Benin Altar Bell (A)
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Altar Bell (B)
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Altar Bell (D)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Altar Bell (E)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Altar Bell (F)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Altar Bell (G)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Bell with Face
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Chief Altar Bell (C)
Edo
Nigeria
Benin Oba Bronze Head-Shaped Bell
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Quadrangular Bell
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Tunic Bells
Benin
Nigeria
Crotal Bell
Unknown
Ivory Coast
Dinka Cow Bell
Dinka
Southern Sudan
Edo Helmet Mask Bell - Janus Head
Edo
Nigeria and Benin
Gurunsi Ritual Bell with Chameleons
Gurunsi
Chad
Ibo Shrine Bell - Serpents
Ibo (Igbo)
Lower Niger Bronze Industries, Nigeria
Igbo Alter Bell
Ibo (Igbo)
Nigeria
Igbo Bronze Altar Bell
Ibo (Igbo)
Niger River Delta Region
Kota Ceremonial Bell
Kota
Northeastern Region of Gabon
Kuba Puno Spear Bell
Kuba
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
Kuba Puno Spear Bell (Handle)
Kuba
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
Lobi Bell with Blade Finial
Lobi
Burkina Faso
Namji Ancestral Bell
Namji
Cameroon
Ogboni Bell with Blade Finial
Yoruba
Nigeria
Tikar Warrior Bronze Head Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Altar Head Bell
Tikar
Cameroon Grasslands
Tikar Anthropomorphic Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Bell
Tikar
Cameroon Grasslands
Tikar Bell with Frog Motif Finial
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Equestrian Figurine Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Equestrian Head Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Maternity Bronze Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Voltaic Crotal Bell
Bambara
Burkina Faso
Yoruba
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Altar Head Bell
Yoruba
Nigera
Yoruba Bell with Handle
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Bronze Bell (#1)
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Bronze Bell (#2)
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Face Bell with Blade
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Initiation Bell
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Obgoni Bell
Yoruba
Southwestern Nigeria, BĂ©nin
Yoruba Omo Bell
Yoruba
Nigeria and Benin
Yoruba Owo Altar Bell
Yoruba
Nigeria