5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Handbell

This is a 360-degrees QTVR of a Renaissance handbell.

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Most of the bronzes produced during the Renaissance were functional. This handbell, which has lost its handle, is inscribed 'With my ring I call my servants'. The study was often positioned far from the clamour of the household, so it was useful to have a bell to summon the servants.

Handbell
About 1550 Italy, probably Venice
Bell metal, with the initials 'A.M'
V&A: M.199-1938