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Giant 33x18" African Iron Agogo/Oghene/Ngongi/Alo Bell

  • $ 75000

33" tall, 18" across the bells, and 18.2 pounds!

This bell has a rich full sound like an Alo bell, but it's a double bell. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it. My guess it is Kuba tribe, from the Congo; my Ngoma teacher said he believes so as well. It has a cloth-wrapped stick attached to the bell as a striker, and the entire handle is wrapped with cowrie shells with very few missing. The bell has some corrosion, and between the condition of the metal and the wrap I'd place this artifact between 75 and 100 years old (an educated but not expert guess).


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